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Inquiry Models

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Inquiry Models

Inquiry Models

Why inquiry in the classroom?

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Structured Inquiry

Guided Inquiry

Teacher & Student

Student-Centered Inquiry

Student

Open or “full” inquiry can be defined as a student-centered approach that begins with a student’s question, followed by the student (or groups of students) designing and conducting an investigation or experiment and communicating results (National Research Council, 1996; Colburn, 2000)...............................................................................**Closely resembles actual work of scientists..................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Inquiry is defined as, the work scientists do when they study the natural world, proposing explanations that include evidence gathered from the world around them.(Hansen, 2014) Inquiry also applies to the classroom setting. The term also includes the activities of students—such as posing questions, planning investigations, and reviewing what is already known in light of experimental evidence—that mirror what scientists do.(Hansen, 2014) Inquiry promotes higher order thinking skills, critical thinking, and collaboration. All pertinent characteristics of a successful, productive 21st century learner and citizen.

Exploratorium-Site that promotes questioning and explorations to answer a variety of questions. This best fits the guided inquiry model, but could aid students during open/student inquiry.Change: Encourage students to create their own ¨articles¨ based off inquiry that derives from content discussions and research.

In guided inquiry the teacher helps students develop inquiry investigations in the classroom. (Hansen, 2014). This model of inquiry usually begins with the teacher providing the overall question to be discovered. It is through the research, and scaffolding exercises, that the students will begin to develop their own questions to further guide the investigations. It is suggested that this model of inquiry can easily lead to open, or student-centered inquiry. Here, the teacher has the opportunity to guide students through the process of developing their own relevant questions based on content.This model could be best utilized at the beginning of a unit. The teacher could provide the overall essential question, while the students, through their investigations, would determine the unit and content questions to be answered. This model would take practice, and feedback from the teacher, to ensure relevance and appropriate management of time.This model would not be appropriate for students who are not familiar with inquiry based learning. This model has the potential for providing opportunities where irrelevant information could be researched and valuable classroom time wasted. It is crucial, the teacher serves as a guide and fascilitator, to assist when and where needed.

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Inquiry Projects/Sites

Structured Inquiry , sometimes referred to as directed inquiry, is a guided inquiry mainly directed by the teacher. (Hansen, 2014) This method of inquiry is best used when introducing the concept of inquiry to students. This model is often set up to where the students come to a pre-determined conclusion set by the teacher. This model would be best utilized as a model to walk young learners through the inquiry process. Since this activity, and conclusion, is already pre-determined by the teacher, to meet content and curriculum needs, any confusion or misconceptions by the students, can be clearly identified and explained.This would not be an optimal model for students who are familiar with the inquiry approach to learning. This could stifle the students ability to question, explore, and create.Structured Inquiry , sometimes referred to as directed inquiry, is a guided inquiry mainly directed by the teacher. (Hansen, 2014) This method of inquiry is best used when introducing the concept of inquiry to students. This model is often set up to where the students come to a pre-determined conclusion set by the teacher. This model would be best utilized as a model to walk young learners through the inquiry process. Since this activity, and conclusion, is already pre-determined by the teacher, to meet content and curriculum needs, any confusion or misconceptions by the students, can be clearly identified and explained.This would not be an optimal model for students who are familiar with the inquiry approach to learning. This could stifle the students ability to question, explore, and create.Structured Inquiry , sometimes referred to as directed inquiry, is a guided inquiry mainly directed by the teacher. (Hansen, 2014) This method of inquiry is best used when introducing the concept of inquiry to students. This model is often set up to where the students come to a pre-determined conclusion set by the teacher. This model would be best utilized as a model to walk young learners through the inquiry process. Since this activity, and conclusion, is already pre-determined by the teacher, to meet content and curriculum needs, any confusion or misconceptions by the students, can be clearly identified and explained.This would not be an optimal model for students who are familiar with the inquiry approach to learning. This could stifle the students ability to question, explore, and create.Structured Inquiry , sometimes referred to as directed inquiry, is a guided inquiry mainly directed by the teacher. (Hansen, 2014) This method of inquiry is best used when introducing the concept of inquiry to students. This model is often set up to where the students come to a pre-determined conclusion set by the teacher. This model would be best utilized as a model to walk young learners through the inquiry process. Since this activity, and conclusion, is already pre-determined by the teacher, to meet content and curriculum needs, any confusion or misconceptions by the students, can be clearly identified and explained.This would not be an optimal model for students who are familiar with the inquiry approach to learning. This could stifle the students ability to question, explore, and create.Structured Inquiry , sometimes referred to as directed inquiry, is a guided inquiry mainly directed by the teacher. (Hansen, 2014) This method of inquiry is best used when introducing the concept of inquiry to students. This model is often set up to where the students come to a pre-determined conclusion set by the teacher. This model would be best utilized as a model to walk young learners through the inquiry process. Since this activity, and conclusion, is already pre-determined by the teacher, to meet content and curriculum needs, any confusion or misconceptions by the students, can be clearly identified and explained.This would not be an optimal model for students who are familiar with the inquiry approach to learning. This could stifle the students ability to question, explore, and create.Structured Inquiry , sometimes referred to as directed inquiry, is a guided inquiry mainly directed by the teacher. (Hansen, 2014) This method of inquiry is best used when introducing the concept of inquiry to students. This model is often set up to where the students come to a pre-determined conclusion set by the teacher. This model would be best utilized as a model to walk young learners through the inquiry process. Since this activity, and conclusion, is already pre-determined by the teacher, to meet content and curriculum needs, any confusion or misconceptions by the students, can be clearly identified and explained.This would not be an optimal model for students who are familiar with the inquiry approach to learning. This could stifle the students ability to question, explore, and create.Structured Inquiry , sometimes referred to as directed inquiry, is a guided inquiry mainly directed by the teacher. (Hansen, 2014) This method of inquiry is best used when introducing the concept of inquiry to students. This model is often set up to where the students come to a pre-determined conclusion set by the teacher. This model would be best utilized as a model to walk young learners through the inquiry process. Since this activity, and conclusion, is already pre-determined by the teacher, to meet content and curriculum needs, any confusion or misconceptions by the students, can be clearly identified and explained.This would not be an optimal model for students who are familiar with the inquiry approach to learning. This could stifle the students ability to question, explore, and create.Structured Inquiry , sometimes referred to as directed inquiry, is a guided inquiry mainly directed by the teacher. (Hansen, 2014) This method of inquiry is best used when introducing the concept of inquiry to students. This model is often set up to where the students come to a pre-determined conclusion set by the teacher. This model would be best utilized as a model to walk young learners through the inquiry process. Since this activity, and conclusion, is already pre-determined by the teacher, to meet content and curriculum needs, any confusion or misconceptions by the students, can be clearly identified and explained.This would not be an optimal model for students who are familiar with the inquiry approach to learning. This could stifle the students ability to question, explore, and create.Structured Inquiry , sometimes referred to as directed inquiry, is a guided inquiry mainly directed by the teacher. (Hansen, 2014) This method of inquiry is best used when introducing the concept of inquiry to students. This model is often set up to where the students come to a pre-determined conclusion set by the teacher. This model would be best utilized as a model to walk young learners through the inquiry process. Since this activity, and conclusion, is already pre-determined by the teacher, to meet content and curriculum needs, any confusion or misconceptions by the students, can be clearly identified and explained.This would not be an optimal model for students who are familiar with the inquiry approach to learning. This could stifle the students ability to question, explore, and create.Structured Inquiry , sometimes referred to as directed inquiry, is a guided inquiry mainly directed by the teacher. (Hansen, 2014) This method of inquiry is best used when introducing the concept of inquiry to students. This model is often set up to where the students come to a pre-determined conclusion set by the teacher. This model would be best utilized as a model to walk young learners through the inquiry process. Since this activity, and conclusion, is already pre-determined by the teacher, to meet content and curriculum needs, any confusion or misconceptions by the students, can be clearly identified and explained.This would not be an optimal model for students who are familiar with the inquiry approach to learning. This could stifle the students ability to question, explore, and create.Structured Inquiry , sometimes referred to as directed inquiry, is a guided inquiry mainly directed by the teacher. (Hansen, 2014) This method of inquiry is best used when introducing the concept of inquiry to students. This model is often set up to where the students come to a pre-determined conclusion set by the teacher. This model would be best utilized as a model to walk young learners through the inquiry process. Since this activity, and conclusion, is already pre-determined by the teacher, to meet content and curriculum needs, any confusion or misconceptions by the students, can be clearly identified and explained.This would not be an optimal model for students who are familiar with the inquiry approach to learning. This could stifle the students ability to question, explore, and create.Structured Inquiry , sometimes referred to as directed inquiry, is a guided inquiry mainly directed by the teacher. (Hansen, 2014) This method of inquiry is best used when introducing the concept of inquiry to students. This model is often set up to where the students come to a pre-determined conclusion set by the teacher. This model would be best utilized as a model to walk young learners through the inquiry process. Since this activity, and conclusion, is already pre-determined by the teacher, to meet content and curriculum needs, any confusion or misconceptions by the students, can be clearly identified and explained.This would not be an optimal model for students who are familiar with the inquiry approach to learning. This could stifle the students ability to question, explore, and create.Structured Inquiry , sometimes referred to as directed inquiry, is a guided inquiry mainly directed by the teacher. (Hansen, 2014) This method of inquiry is best used when introducing the concept of inquiry to students. This model is often set up to where the students come to a pre-determined conclusion set by the teacher. This model would be best utilized as a model to walk young learners through the inquiry process. Since this activity, and conclusion, is already pre-determined by the teacher, to meet content and curriculum needs, any confusion or misconceptions by the students, can be clearly identified and explained.This would not be an optimal model for students who are familiar with the inquiry approach to learning. This could stifle the students ability to question, explore, and create.Structured Inquiry , sometimes referred to as directed inquiry, is a guided inquiry mainly directed by the teacher. (Hansen, 2014) This method of inquiry is best used when introducing the concept of inquiry to students. This model is often set up to where the students come to a pre-determined conclusion set by the teacher. This model would be best utilized as a model to walk young learners through the inquiry process. Since this activity, and conclusion, is already pre-determined by the teacher, to meet content and curriculum needs, any confusion or misconceptions by the students, can be clearly identified and explained.This would not be an optimal model for students who are familiar with the inquiry approach to learning. This could stifle the students ability to question, explore, and create.

Teacher

iAdventures- Webquest style activities where students choose the direction their research will take them. (guided or structured inquiry)Change: Have students create their own iAdventure which would promote more student-centered or open inquiry.

WonderopolisSite that provides opportunity for student and guided inquiry. Can be used throughout curriculum.Change: Encourage use of ¨wonders¨ that students create after instruction and reading throughout the curriculum.

Galileo- Site that provides opportunities for guided inquiry learning in math and science for all grade levels.Change:With the project Robotics, I would encourage using the robots to help answer questions that would support our force/motion unit. The students could create to help support questions for the Laws of Motion.

Waste In Our WorldSite that provides guided inquiry to discover waste management practices.Change: I would encourage research dealing with our community and/or school.

Cited Resources:Books & Resources. (n.d.). NSTA News. Retrieved May 28, 2014, from http://www.nsta.org/publications/news/story.aspx?id=46515


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