Inquiry Framework






Inquiry
 

Broadly speaking, inquiry is the search for knowledge(x). In such an endeavor, the participant (ex. scientist, student, citizen of science) is perplexed by some question to which a definite answer is often unknown. (or rather an answer is often  assumed but the validity of the person’s prediction remains to be tested). Thus, inquiry is a process, where the speaker seeks out information, evidence or even ideas to provide more clarity and validity to a possible answer. There are many ways that an inquiry can be carried. For instance, it could involve an inductive approach where the person attempts to "discover" the knowledge by setting up or experiencing a particular controlled environment. Most likely, it involves a deductive process where the participant  attempts to prove an hypothesis by carrying out some kind of procedural activity such as an experiment or even a thought exercise. In many cases, inquiry leads to the generation and in turn presentation of knowledge but often also further inquiry in a cyclic fashion.

 

To give a simple common example… the student wonders how a hot air balloon rises. He predicts that warm air is lighter and will move upwards taking things with it. He/she then creates a procedure involving heating up a plastic bag using hot air from a toaster. Later, he/she confirms that when the air is heated, the bag expands and floats. Later, he presents his knowledge to the class for further sharing of ideas.

 

Inquiry is an important process for students to master as it's enactment if often required “everywhere” in the workplace and other areas of life itself. For instance its mastery will help students to seek out knowledge as future scientists when looking for a cure to cancer, as future businesspeople when seeking to make profit off of a new invention or as government workers when finding ways to to improve the environment. Its implementation also helps to reduce misconceptions ins science such as the common misunderstanding among students that  knowledge is discovered (when it is often socially constructed by humans) (x).












    
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           Inquiry Quick Resource List


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Resource Name

Resource Type

1.

Digging In

(Georgia Institute of Technology, 2010)

 

http://www.its-about-time.com/iathome/pbisprices.html???

 

Text (Inquiry and Design Framework Based)

2.

SEPUP

(Lab-Aids, 2011)

 

http://www.sepuplhs.org/middle.html

 

Text (Inquiry Framework Based)

3.

Investigating Earth Systems

(Herff Jones, 2010)

 

http://www.its-about-time.com/htmls/ies/iesbooks.html

 

Text (Inquiry Framework Based)

4.

Action Bioscience

(American Institute of Biological Sciences)

 

http://actionbioscience.org/

 

Web Resource

(issues)

5.

AIDS Info

 

 

http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov/

 

Web Resource

(issues, supporting content)

6.

Alaska Seas and Rivers Curriculum

(Alaska Sea Grant)

 

http://seagrant.uaf.edu/marine-ed/curriculum/

 

Web Resource

(issues, lessons)

7.

An Innovation Odyssey

(Intel Education)

 

http://www97.intel.com/odyssey/StoryFinder.aspx

 

Web Resource

Online student-centred narratives

 

 

8.

BBC Science

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/

 

Web Resource

(issues)

9.

California Academy of Sciences

 

http://www.calacademy.org/

 

Web Resource

(Lesson Plans)

10.

Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence

(COSEE)

(Sea Grant)

 

http://cosee-central-gom.org/curriculum.htm

 

Web Resource

(Lesson Plans)

11.

Climate Change Activities

(Gulf of Maine Aquarium)

 

http://www.gma.org/climate_change/index.html

 

Web Resource

(issues, full lesson plans)

12.

Climate Discovery Teacher Guide

 

http://eo.ucar.edu/educators/ClimateDiscovery/LIA_lesson9_9.28.05.pdf

 

Web Resource

(issues, full lesson plans)

13.

Deep Earth Academy

 

http://www.oceanleadership.org/education/deep-earth-academy/educators/classroom-activities/

 

 

Web Resource

(issues, activities)

15.

Discovery Education

 

http://www.discoveryeducation.com/search/page/-/-/lesson-plan/earth%20science/index.cfm

 

Web Resource

(lesson plans, activities)

16.

EE- Link

(NAEE)

 

http://eelink.net/pages/EE+Activities+-+General

 

 

Web Resource

(environmental issues, lesson plans, activities)

17.

Exploratorium

 

http://www.exploratorium.edu/who/educators/

 

Web Resource

(activities, online library, podcasts and more)

18.

Free Stuff for Science Teachers

(Science Inquirer)

 

http://scienceinquirer.wikispaces.com/freestuff

 

Web Resource

(Go-to Site)

19.

Good Road to Harmony

 

(Good Road to Harmony)

Web Resource

(Prezi-like Road Map)

21.

Learn NC

(UNC School of Education)

 

http://www.learnnc.org/learning/

 

Web Resource

(lesson plans, activities)

22.

Life Sciences Learning Centre

(University of Rochester Medical Center)

 

http://lifesciences.envmed.rochester.edu/

 

Web Resource

(case studies, activities, lesson plans)

23.

Moorea Coral Reef LTER Education

 

http://mcr.lternet.edu/education/

 

Web Resource

(lesson plans, activities)

24.

NASA

 

http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/PBIU/PBIUElementaryBB.html

 

Web Resource

(lesson units, activities)

25.

National Geographic Xpeditions

 

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/matrix.html

 

Web Resource

(lesson plans)

26.

National Library of Medicine

(National Institutes of Health)

 

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/

 

Web Resource

(lesson plans, issue-based content, go-to site)

27.

Nature

(Nature)

 

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/category/for-educators/

 

Web Resource

(video-based lessons)

28.

Noaa Ocean Service Education

 

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/literacy.html

 

Web Resource

(issue-based content)

29.

Partnership for Environmental Education and Rural Health (PEER)

 

http://peer.tamu.edu/

 

Web Resource

(lesson plans, activities)

30.

Seaworld

(Sea World Parks & Entertainment)

http://www.seaworld.org/just-for-teachers/index.htm

 

Web Resource

(lesson plans, activities)

31.

STEPWISE

(John Larry Bencze)

 

http://webspace.oise.utoronto.ca/~benczela/STEPWISE.html

 

 

Web Resource

(pedagogic ideas), Go-to Site

32.

Terrific Science

 

http://www.terrificscience.org/

 

Web Resource

(lesson plans, videos, case studies simulations)

33.

The Franklin Institute

 

http://www.fi.edu/learn/index.php

 

Web Resource

(support content, activities)

34.

Thinkport

(Maryland Public Television)

 

http://www.thinkport.org/default.tp

 

Web Resource

(activities, interactive tools)

35.

Toxtown

(National Library of Medicine)

 

http://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/

 

Web Resource

(activities, interactive tools)

36.

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)   

 

http://www.epa.gov/gateway/science/

 

Web Resource

(issue databases, support content), Go-to site

37.

Weblinks for STSE Education

(John Lawrence Benzce)

 

http://webspace.oise.utoronto.ca/~benczela//STSEedRes.html

 

Web Resource

(Go-to Site)

38.

Wild BC

 

http://wildbc.org/

 

Web Resource

(lesson plans, activities)

39.

Genscope

(The Concord Consortium)

 

 

http://genscope.concord.org/

 

Text-based (Virtual Learning Environment)

40.

PASTE

(Creative Commons)

 

http://wepaste.org/index.html

 

Online Community

41.

National Lab Network

(NSTA)

 

 

Web Posting

(project uploading and critical analysis)


 




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