Enhancing the Inquiry Experience: Authentic Research in the Classroom

by: Karen E. Johnson and Michael P. Marlow
edited by: Robert E. Yager

Inquiry in science classrooms involves the ability to pose a question, explore phenomena relating to the question, acquire new understandings, communicate new ideas, and relate or compare ideas with what other scientists have found (NRC 2000). The Endangered Lake Fish (ELF) project is a collaborative, authentic inquiry that integrates science, mathematics, social studies, language arts, and technology through engaging students in breeding and investigations of Lake Victoria cichlids—freshwater fish found throughout the world. The ELF project incorporated many aspects of student-led inquiry research and scientific learning. Students participated in a variety of authentic inquiry activities during the school year, and at the culminating celebration the student-developed inquiries were presented at Inquiry Day held at the university.


Type Book ChapterPub Date 4/1/2009Stock # PB192X6_15

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