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Learning Interchange
National Writing Institute

Monday, September 25, 2017

 

Activity

Inquiry

Time
short (approx. 50 min.)
long (more than 5 x 50 min.)
Planning
definite, allows preplanning
flexible, general preplanning
Materials
ready to go
teacher's responsibility
upon student's request
teacher's and student's responsibility
Results
known by the teacher, published by text, and most times known by students
one expected and accepted result
unknown by teacher, students, or text
multiple results will be negotiated & discussed
Working
Hypothesis
well defined by teacher prior to research/experimentation
arising from students' questions and based on their experiences
Teacher's
Feelings
in control (high power)
unchallenged intellectually
(assimilation mood)
relaxed -low energy level
expert (students asking for reinforcement).
having fun
sharing control (lower power)
intellectually challenged (accommodation mood)
learning a lot - perturbed
experienced co-learner (students discussing findings with teacher and students alike)
perturbed by the intellectual challenge
Students'
Feelings
following prescribed procedures
matching personal finding with 
expected findings (teacher's) findings
working on teacher's question
one right answer
passive
developing procedures, lists of material, resources and/or equipment
interpreting results as there are no prescribed findings
as students develop the question, the teacher does not know the answer
multiple answers accepted
motivated - using "I/we want to find out"
perturbed
challenged intellectually and looking for equilibrium (Piaget)
Assessment
immediate
product-oriented (right/wrong answer)
technical
long-term
process-oriented
developing rubrics
Students'
Learning
technical skill (follow procedures) and develop low order cognitive skills
disregard results that do not match teacher's expectations
inquiry is done by special people
perpetuate the idea of the world as unexplainable
understanding and power belong to a select few
observation and develop higher order cognitive skills
disregard data for reasonable and scientific reasons
use discrepancies as entry points for inquiry
inquiry can be done by anyone
inquiry as patterning the world
understanding and power are available to anyone

Adapted from Science and Children. January 1998, pg. 17




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