Institute for Inquiry workshops are designed to provide powerful and transformative experiences by immersing participants in the process of inquiry. A primary goal is to develop in participants--through hands-on investigations as well as reflection and group discussion--an understanding of inquiry that can be taken back to home districts and shared with colleagues. Emphasis is on the development of the professional practitioner, not the implementation of specific new curricula.
In the Institute for Inquiry:
- Participants explore scientific topics while staff model and teach an inquiry approach to learning that can be transferred to any topic or classroom. Participants also explore natural phenomena through scientific investigation, careful observation, asking questions, probing for answers, and sharing discoveries.
- Exploratorium exhibits are used to stimulate conversations about scientific phenomena as well as to develop an understanding of underlying scientific concepts.
- Journals and group discussions are used to promote reflection and analysis about the process of learning. Institute faculty--composed of scientists, educators, artists, and researchers--encourages multiple perspectives and approaches to the learning that occurs in workshops.
- A Local Laboratory of schools and classrooms where past program participants are engaged in inquiry-oriented science education provides case studies of the theory and practice of inquiry instruction.
The Institute provides a structure for a growing national community of educators committed to the development of inquiry-based teaching in elementary schools. With continued support through workshops and seminars, publications, an electronic Inquiry Network, and graduate resources, Institute for Inquiry participants are able to enhance science reform efforts in their home institutions. This continued involvement is vital to the Institute's goal of creating a community of practice among the nation's inquiry-based science reformers.
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Participants already registered for 2005 workshops:
- Click here for documents pertaining to Introduction to Inquiry workshop
- Click here for documents pertaining to Classroom Strategies workshop