Community-Based Inquiry Lessons

by: Youngjin Song, Donna Ahlswede, Christina Clausen, Laura Herbig, and J. Steve Oliver

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The National Science Education Standards suggest that students work as real scientists in the classroom (NRC 1996; 2000). To accomplish this task, the authors developed community-based inquiry lessons (CBILs) that provide students with the opportunity to solve problems as a class, based on the concept of whole-class inquiry (WCI) presented by Gallagher-Bolos and Smithenry (2004; 2008; 2009). This article discusses the basic premises of CBIL and presents practical guidelines for teachers who want to learn more about building authentic inquiry-based classrooms.

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 3/1/2010Stock # tst10_077_03_61Volume 077Issue 03

NSTA Press produces classroom-ready activities, hands-on approaches to inquiry, relevant professional development, the latest scientific education news and research, assessment and standards-based instruction.

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