What are Inquiry Strategies?
Scientific inquiry refers to the many ways in which scientists try to understand the world and explain how things "work." It includes the processes they use - observing, testing hypotheses, gathering data, and so on - and the attitudes and values - curiosity, respect for evidence, and openness to new ideas - that characterize their work.
Classroom strategies that support inquiry engage students in thinking and acting like scientists as they pursue meaningful questions (this is a core goal of the National Science Education Standards). When students explore their world in this way, they come to understand concepts, hone reasoning and problem-solving skills, and learn what makes scientists "tick!"
By employing some of the strategies featured in this section, you can help cultivate a classroom of young inquirers. Select those that fit with your learning goals and student readiness.
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