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Simplifying Inquiry Instruction

The Science Teacher -- October 2005

Inquiry instruction is a hallmark of the current science education reform efforts. However, defining inquiry and assessing how much inquiry is supported by a particular activity or lab can be difficult and confusing. This article presents a simplified explanation of inquiry and provides a rubric that will enable science teachers to determine whether an activity is inquiry-based and, if so, to assess the level of inquiry it supports.
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