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Learning Interchange
National Writing Institute

Monday, November 20, 2017


Instructional goals

Form of Inquiry Pedagogy

Activity Samples

Conceptual change; development of accurate understandings

Tightly structured activities & demonstrations with teacher questioning

  • Linear relationships
  • Pendulum swing factors
  • Persuasion

Explore contexts & materials surrounding concepts

Open-ended, divergent inquiries that allow free manipulation of materials & stimulate questions

  • Best use of pen & ink
  • Advertisement design
  • Solutes & solvents exploration
  • Design explorations

Describe & compare local phenomena; collect data, infer meanings for data

Teacher/students pose real world problem; students design & implement investigations; generate claims (whole class, small group or individual student research; project based)

  • Population trends
  • Market Study
  • Stream health analysis
  • Inquiries centered on student-developed questions to research

Develop skills to conduct inquiries with underlying multiple hypotheses; gather evidence; construct explanations

Teacher/students pose experimental problem; design & implement investigations; report conclusions with supporting evidence (whole class & small group guided inquiries; project-based; individual student research)

  • Impact of living wage on job market
  • Factors affecting rate of reaction

Adapted from Understanding the Concepts of Freedom and Privileging in Inquiry Teaching and Learning. Carolyn W. Keys. Presentation at NARST. 1997.




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