7. Can all Science Classes be Taught Through Inquiry?
Effective teachers use their professional judgment to decide which lessons are best presented through teacher-directed instruction and those that can be guided through inquiry. Some science lessons lend themselves more to a structured approach due to safety concerns and availability of materials. Inquiry is one more strategy teachers can use at the appropriate times to engage students in investigations and promote their curiosity of learning. Also, during an inquiry, teachers can and should stop and deliver teacher-directed lessons, or chunks of lessons, as required. It is not an either or.
Figure 6.1: Inquiry-Based Learning Integrated with Other Strategies
SOURCE: Watt, J. and Colyer, J. (2014). IQ A Practical Guide to Inquiry-Based Learning. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, p6.
1. Watt, J. and Colyer, J. (2014). IQ A Practical Guide to Inquiry-Based Learning. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.