Questions On Science : Science Inquiry

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Elementary Methods
Unit 5: Science Inquiry in the Classroom

Summary:
In today?s traditional science classroom, teachers are the givers of knowledge and present the required information in either a lecture or presentation method. Students are expected to sit quietly, take notes and retain the information for the test at the end of the unit. When student do engage in science activities, they do not often connect the concept with the activity with causes a lack of student understanding and retention. This unit will explore ways to create a inquiry-based science classroom that will allow students to engage, explore, explain, elaborate and evaluate scientific concepts.

Course Objective:
By the end of this unit, learners will be able to
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Inquiry-based learning leads students to ask questions, make discoveries, and test those discoveries in search for a new understanding. The approach is much different than traditional approach where teachers give the information about a concept and students are required to retain it. This practice transforms the teacher into a learner with students, and students become teachers with us.

Inquiry teaching is allowing students? questions and curiosities to drive curriculum, not the other way around. Inquiry begins with gathering information through applying the human senses ? seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling. Inquiry encourages children to question, conduct research for genuine reasons, and make discoveries on their own. Inquiry teaching honors the previous experiences and knowledge that our students bring to the classroom. It makes use of multiple ways of knowing and taking on new perspectives when exploring issues, content, and questions.

In an inquiry-based classroom, students aren 't waiting for the teacher or someone else to provide an answer ? instead, they are actively seeking solutions, designing investigations, and asking new questions. Students quickly see the cycle of learning and that learning has cycles. Students learn to think and solve problems. They learn that there is no one place or one resource for answers, but that many tools are
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