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A New Model for Inquiry

by: William S. Harwood

There has been renewed discussion of the scientific method, with many voices arguing that it presents a very limited or even wholly incorrect image of the way science is really done. At the same time, the idea of a scientific method is pervasive. This article identifies the scientific method as a simple model for the process of scientific inquiry. A more sophisticated model is briefly described and then used to analyze an inquiry-based exercise. The use of such new and empirically based models for the scientific inquiry process may assist instructors and developers of science learning materials.

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 7/1/2004Stock # jcst04_033_07_29Volume 033Issue 07

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