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Inquiries in Science® Methodology

Inquiries in Science

Inquiries in Science® and the Learning Cycle

The learning cycle is a research-based instructional method recognized as an effective instructional tool, especially in science education. In the learning cycle, students focus on and explore a topic, gather and process additional information about the underlying concept, and then apply their understanding of the concept to a similar situation. These steps may overlap or even be repeated. Inquiries in Science® has been developed around the learning cycle of Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate.

Inquiries in Science

Inquiry Methodology: Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate

Inquiries in Science® and Guided Inquiry

The most effective way for students to understand the scientific process is through guided-inquiry instruction. Through lab activities, students use the scientific process to gain knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts, ideas, and events. Instruction based on guided inquiry creates a rich learning environment by engaging students in the scientific process and helping them internalize scientific concepts by doing science.

Inquiries in Science® kits facilitate this guided-inquiry approach by utilizing teacher-directed activities and student-centered investigations to help students grasp important science concepts by using the scientific process.