Inquiry-Based Science

The use of inquiry is a pedagogical approach and an instructional
outcome, or way of knowing and doing, and is fundamental to
effective science education. The term “inquiry” is certainly well
known to be central to the teaching of science but teachers
frequently have many misconceptions and varying understandings
of what inquiry means. Developing a clear understanding of
Inquiry will be the first step in becoming an inquiry-based teacher.

ASOF Curriculum Guide (Chapter 3)

International Polar Year
http://www.ipy.org

Developing a Model of Inquiry
http://web.mac.com/alannakagawa
ASOF Specific: http://web.mac.com/alannakagawa/iWeb/DSS/ASOF.html

Science Activities in Denali National Park
http://web.mac.com/chugach2/Denali_Science/Welcome.html

An Inconvenient Truth (AIT)
http://www.participate.net/educators/

Institute for Inquiry
http://www.exploratorium.edu/ifi/index.html

Harvard's Everyday Classroom (fun for elementary classes)
http://hea-www.harvard.edu/ECT/thrcontents.html

Hot Planet, Cold Comfort Web site
http://www.pbs.org/saf/1505/

Climate and Global change at NSTA. 
(Includes resources as well as classroom activities.)
http://www.windows.ucar.edu/climate.html

Research Focus - Student Directed, real world application

What  qualities and skills do students need to have to be able to learn through Inquiry?
Students Learning through Inquiry are:
- Self Directed
- Able to Process Information
- Able to Observe, Interpret, Explain and Hypothesize.
- Able to design their own Activities
- Able to share responsibility and authority for answers
- Emphasis is on reasoning, reading and writing for meaning, solving problems, building cognitive structures and explaining complex problems.

How Can We Prepare Our Students?
- Modeling and Practicing
- Talk to your students to gain insights into  what they understand and difficulties they may be having.
- Build their knowledge and skills through applications through the year.

Inquiry-Based Projects include:
- Technology Tools -
- DataLoggers and Probeware
- Observational tools
- Simulations