Injecting Inquiry Into Photosynthesis Investigations

by: Irene Salter, Rebecca Smith, and Katherine Nielsen

This is the story of how a typical middle school lab was transformed into an open-ended inquiry experience through a few small, but very powerful, changes. By allowing students to follow their own questions, the classroom filled with enthusiasm and students learned much more about photosynthesis, respiration, and the scientific processes. The story begins with a brief description of the original, ultratransformed lab.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 9/1/2008Stock # ss08_032_01_34Volume 032Issue 01

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