Classroom Inquiry in Grades 1-6. Adapted from: Paul Vellom, WMU Department of Education. From the literature…. Oxford English Dictionary
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Adapted from: Paul Vellom,
WMU Department of Education
Inquiry is a multifaceted activity that involves making observations; posing questions; examining books and other sources of information to see what is already known; planning investigations; reviewing what is already known in light of experimental evidence; using tools to gather, analyze, and interpret data; proposing answers, explanations, and predictions; and communicating the results. Inquiry requires identification of assumptions, use of critical and logical thinking, and consideration of alternative explanations.
Problem solving is also an important strategy for constructing and negotiating meaning.
Learning to Teach Science: A model for the 21st Century(J. V. Ebenezer & S. Connor; 1998) pg. 140-141
In general, inquiry is finding out about something. It centers around the desire to answer a question or to know more about a situation.
Science Instruction in the Middle and Secondary Schools (Chiapetta, E. L. and Koballa, Thomas R.; 2002) pg 91