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I don't like foam unless it's in root beer

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Rome, NY USA - Thursday, August 05, 1999 at 05:14:06 (PDT)

We have tried this foam activity in a secondary science methods course and an elementary science methods course. Check out the Electronic Journal Science Education for our results. It is inquiry in progress!

Kathy Foley
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL USA - Friday, December 04, 1998 at 06:50:21 (PST)

We've done the Foam Activity several times at the Science Discovery Museum in Acton, MA. Many of the teachers like the Guided and Challenge activities, probably because these activities are familiar. The teachers tell us that they experience the anxiety their students probably feel about getting "the right answer," "failing the challenge," and "getting done in time." For most teachers, the Inquiry activity is much more challenging. They are uncomfortable ''messing about" with science, perhaps because they haven't done so in a long time. Also, many of them don't have time during the activity to go beyond "messing about." So, even if they experience the satisfaction and benefits of self-directed exploration, they may have no idea of how to go the next step with their students. As facilitators, should we encourage long explorations or try to expedite them so that the teachers begin investigations and experience more of the Inquiry process? Will this send the wrong message about how the process should be done with their students? When the Foam activity is introduced, should more emphasis be placed on the teacher-directed and self-directed nature of the activities rather that on the fact that they are all hands-on? We will be doing the Foam Activity again soon and would like your thoughts.

Denise LeBlanc
Acton, MA USA - Monday, November 17, 1997 at 18:27:01 (PST)

I am doing a project for one of my undergraduate studies education courses and I found the foam project. This will greatly add my project research but I was curious to if anyone can email me with other information on inquiry learning It will be most appreciated and beneficial. Just my word on inquiry learning: I like it very much. As I become a classroom teacher, I do not wish to be the traditional teacher, in order to keep the students interested in learning (any subject) and feel that the inquiry learning approach will benefit me in the classroom. I pray that others will do research on this learning method and apply it actively in their classroom. Remember we are looking at our future leaders, heros, and role models when we look into the classroom.

Rebekah Cooke
Plainveiw, TX USA - Saturday, October 25, 1997 at 11:47:58 (PDT)

We've tried the foam activity in Buffalo and have had great success with it. What mystifies me, though, is that teachers like the structured investigation most and the open inquiry least. What is that telling us???

Peter Dow
Buffalo, NY USA - Thursday, October 02, 1997 at 18:40:05 (PDT)

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