· Inquiry is a pedagogical method that combines hands on activities and student-centered discussions.
· Concepts are discovered by the students, not given to them.
· Students are responsible for the learning.
· Through a step-by-step process, students refine their ideas and eliminate extraneous ideas.
· Keys to inquiry’s success:
o There must be a good rapport between students and instructors.
o Begin with the familiar and move towards the unfamiliar.
o Incorporate the scientific method as often as possible.
o Include a lot of hands on activities.
o Start asking questions and encouraging student discussion the first day of class.
o Ask only one question at a time and be open to all responses.
· Inquiry concepts:
o Good cause and effect subjects.
o Good structure and function subjects.
o Comparing and contrasting concepts.
· Advantages of Inquiry:
o Can lead to a deeper understanding of concepts.
o Students will develop critical thinking and observation skills.
o Can lead students to understanding the limitations of scientific knowledge.
o Forces students to apply knowledge to new situations.
o Forces students to evaluate all information, old and new.
o Science is not accepted purely as fact.