Using Levels of Inquiry in the Classroom

Jeffrey Rylander (Glenbrook South High School, USA)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 20
EISBN13: 9781466617162|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0068-3.ch001
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The development of major concepts in a science classroom is explored through the instructional framework of varying the level of student inquiry. An exploration experience, interactive demonstration, discovery experiment, and application challenge serve as this framework for increasing the level in which the students ask questions, devise methods to answer these questions, and develop answers to the questions. Instructional technology tools such as classroom response systems, Google Docs, the use of blogs, and WebAssign are integrated into the inquiry experience to support the learning process. This inquiry model shifts the locus of control from the teacher to the student, as the student’s familiarity with new concepts deepens.
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