|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
|Grade Level:||High School
To access transcripts of the Whole-Class Inquiry DVDs, visit the book’s "Extra" page.
Our reviewers—top-flight teachers and other outstanding science educators—have determined that this resource is among the best available supplements for science teaching.
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The authors have successfully transformed typical high school science classrooms into student-led scientific communities in which learners take ownership of their projects and mimic real-world exploration. Now, in response to requests from science education professionals, they have created the perfect vehicle for implementing and assessing this concept of whole-class inquiry in your classroom. This volume provides first-hand descriptions of Joan Gallagher-Bolos’s aims, observations, and impressions, as well as introspective analysis, as she moves her chemistry class toward the ultimate goal of whole-class inquiry. In addition, two included DVDs enable you to watch the subtle details and methods involved in the transformation as the class completes three different projects onscreen. This is a must-have package for preservice and inservice middle and high school science teachers who are interested in exploring, learning to use, and vicariously experiencing this rewarding and proven approach.
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, High-School Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Classroom management, Curriculum, Educational research, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Professional development, Science safety, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
About the Authors
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 WCI Project 1—Chemistry Concoctions
Chapter 3 WCI Assessments
Chapter 4 WCI Project 2—CanCo
Chapter 5 WCI Project 3—Solutions
Chapter 6 The Impact and Utility of the WCI Curriculum
Chapter 7 Summary
“Dennis Smithenry and Joan Gallagher-Bolos have written a wonderful book that incorporates teaching strategies for actual teachers using scaffolding, demonstrations, and the implementation of whole-class inquiry. … I like the idea of an inquiry-based learning classroom, and I have tried to match that idea with the realities of my own classroom. However, student-centered inquiry learning never happened there in the way that the experts said it should. This book can help teachers turn the idea of inquiry-based learning into a concrete and effective reality.”
Journal of Chemical Education, January 2010
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