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Enhancing Inquiry Through Formative Assessment
A monograph on Formative Assessment and its role in inquiry can be downloaded by going to

Research Modules
Research Modules can be an effective way to incorporate the effective use of technology and inquiry skills into your classroom. The url below takes you to a site where you can view Research Modules for the elementary and secondary level.

Montgomery County Public School, Maryland
This site contains resources regarding curriculum, assessment, differentiated instruction, The 5E's for teaching science, 5E's activities, graphic organizers,tips on inquiry, etc.A great site.

Videos: Learning Science Through Inquiry
This video workshop for K-8 teachers shows inquiry teaching and learning in action how it works and how it benefits students.
Cost: $199 for 8 videos

Order on-line: or by calling 1-800-LEARNER

Diagram Illustrating Inquiry

Role of Questioning and Inquiry
1.Finding Questions

2.The Art of Questioning

3. Open to Question: Why don't they take notes?

Research and Articles on Inquiry
1. Promoting Student Inquiry
Promoting Student Inquiry Clifford H. Edwards "Promoting Student Inquiry." The Science Teacher, Vol. 64, No. 7, October 1997, pp. 18, 20-21. Inquiry is once again being widely touted as basic to science instruction.

2. Connect Inquiry Learning
Actual examples of inquiry in Kindergarten and middle school classrooms as well as other useful articles on inquiry.

3. Inquiry Based Science: What does it look like?

4. Using KWL to introduce Inquiry

5. Learning in Interactive Environments: Prior Knowledge and New Experience

6. Teaching for Conceptual Change: Confronting Children's Experience

7. Constructivist Learning Theory

8. Constructivism as a Referent for Science Teaching

9. Critical Barriers to Science Learning

A Description of Inquiry

Activities on Inquiry from the Exploratorium
These professional development activities can be used to develop an understanding of inquiry and the elements of inquiry teaching. Each activity is briefly written up and illustrated to give an overview. If you are interested in using the activities in your staff development, you can print out the entire document.

Exploratorium Inquiry Resources
The Institute For Inquiry Resource Library is a collection of highly useful information about inquiry-based learning, teacher education, and related subjects. It includes previously published and unpublished articles, speeches, presentations, inquiry activities, program descriptions, video and audio tapes, and educational software.