Teacher's Toolkit: Reforming cookbook labs

by: Erin Peters

The majority of ancillary materials provided with any textbook includes a large quantity of labs that have step-by-step instructions. Although it is important in science for students to learn how to follow directions, offering only cookbook labs limits students' access to exploration. Presented in this article are 11 different ways of altering cookbook labs so that students understand the intention of the procedure. The altered labs do not fully achieve the status of inquiry-lab, but they are a step toward allowing more open-ended discovery.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 11/1/2005Stock # ss05_029_03_16Volume 029Issue 03

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