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A teaching model to make students feel more comfortable with the scientific method
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- Identify Inquiry Question and Learning Objectives: identify a question or problem that is appropriate for investigation. Problems can come from the students, which is ideal, but they can also come from the teacher to ensure that they are appropriate. The question must involve (1) a variable [something that can take on different values] that can be manipulated and (2) an effect on/to the variable that can be measured. The learning objectives for the Inquiry Model should involve problem solving skills as well as solving the specific problem identified. - Planning for Data Gathering: Can come from students (ideally) but can also come from the teacher. For younger students, as with the other models, more guidance will need to be given.


- Identify Question: question must both present a challenge and invoke curiosity/attract attention. Either present the question yourself or guide the students towards it out of a learning activity. - Generate a Hypothesis: Since it involves the scientific method, a hypothesis is necessary. Have the students use a small amount of data available or information to make educated guesses about the identified problem. - Gather and Display Data: This should be guided by the hypotheses. Controlled variables is a process where the values of all variables but one are held constant, which is a concept that students need to understand during this phase. - Assess Hypotheses and Generalize: Information found in the earlier phase is used to either prove or disprove the hypothesis.


-As with various other models, the students need to be monitored throughout the process to make sure that they are headed in the right direction and not down a dead end road - looking at how they organize and display data is a good way to make sure that they are learning the content that they need to be learning and that they are using proper problem solving skills - Writing essays about the steps they took to reach their conclusions (like a lab report) is also a good tool of assessment - Employ authentic assessments such as portfolios, checklists, rubrics, and other basic forms of performance assessments


- Inquiry problems, hypotheses, and data used to test usually come from the students - The teacher helps the students along, but they do much of it themselves and are therefore granted certain freedoms - The teacher doesnt intrude on students initiatives and experiences - Students learn self-direction skills - Students develop their scientific method skills - Students learn how to organize and display data

So what? What is important to understand about this?

This model gives students experience with the scientific method, which in turn helps them in various other areas of learning as well as life in general.