Inquiry-based teaching

Over the past couple of years I have been researching inquiry-based teaching in education. Inquiry-based experiences are multi-faceted activities that involve making observations, posing questions, researching literature, planning investigations, interpreting data, and supporting results. Inquiry requires students to identify assumptions, think critically, and consider alternative solutions – hallmarks of scientific reasoning. Hodson (2009) proposes that inquiry-based teaching strategies focus on preparing students to “think like a scientist” (p. 271) by asking questions, challenging claims, and expressing viewpoints.”

Hodson, D. (2009). Teaching and learning about science. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publications.

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