Scientific Enquiry Training Materials


Scientific Enquiry Training Materials

Objectives To clarify how specific skills and processes of scientific enquiry can be taught within the context of practical and enquiry activities.
Description of material The training unit focuses on developing an understanding of the key elements of Scientific Enquiry and how it might affect the practice of science teachers. This training activity consists of seven sessions to be worked with the participants. They cover such topics as: teaching scientific enquiry skills and processes explicitly; types of scientific enquiry; ideas and evidence in Key Stage 3 science; some strategies for teaching about ideas and evidence; how scientists work. It also includes follow-up work of two sorts: one for the participant to develop their own teaching and the other to disseminate some of the ideas from the unit to colleagues in the department. The materials consist of: tutors notes (overview of the unit, unit objectives, outline programme, synopsis, preparing for the unit, resources needed for each session, pre-unit task, follow-up work, summary of the main messages of the unit, evaluation forms), training slides for the session, participants resource pack (copies of the slides and handouts used in the training), summary of key messages, Scientific Enquiry planning posters. All the materials were produced by the Department for Education, UK 2002.
Compliance to quality criteria
Develops STEM competence. Criteria not present
Stimulates collaboration between teachers. Tends to comply with criteria
Includes different phases of delivery (input, application in classroom setting and reflection). Comply with criteria
Is long-term. Criteria not present
Is participant-tailored. Comply with criteria
Type of material Training unit
PD target group (by subject) Science
PD target group (by education level) Lower Secondary
Educational approaches Inquiry based learning
Language(s) English
Diversity Diversity is not addressed
Accessibility After registration to STEM Learning platform
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