Inquiry-Based Learning in Secondary Science Education

Inquiry-based learning follows a natural progression of problem-solving that allows students to make their own discoveries and conceptualize ideas within their own environment. This hands-on course examines what inquiry-based learning is within secondary science education as well as space/place based learning, and how and why they are important to teaching. You will move through theory, practice, and application by reflecting on the concepts of data, data literacy, authentic data, and practical examples, in the form of both educational experiences and activities.

In this course, you will:

  • Apply the 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) learning framework to inquiry-based learning in science,
  • Understand how local/place based learning allows students to center inquiry-based science investigations in their own world,
  • Analyze authentic datasets to reveal patterns and draw conclusions,
  • Learn to use online data sources for your particular domain of science or subject area, and
  • Develop a lesson plan for use in your secondary science classroom.

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What grade level(s) does this course apply to?

Early Childhood

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Michigan Virtual