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Content Analysis and Alignment of Inquiry and 21st-century Skills Standards

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Frank LaBanca

on 10 July 2012

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Content Analysis and Alignment of Inquiry and 21st-century Skills Standards Frank LaBanca, Ed.D.

Department of Education and Educational Psychology, Western Connecticut State University

www.labanca.net Objectives:

Define inquiry and 21st Century Skills
Align 21st Century Skills
Align National and CT Science Inquiry Standards
Discuss relationships and commonalities
Concurrent and Future Work Backchannel

http://chat.labanca.net Inquiry Definition from National Research Council (1996):
Inquiry encompasses “diverse ways in which scientists study the natural world and propose explanations based on the evidence derived from their work” (p. 23). Inquiry Definition based on Shore, et al. (2009):
Inquiry is learning by questioning and investigation; the questions asked and means for investigation are vast, nonlinear, and idiosyncratic. Inquiry encompasses diverse ways to study phenomena in all subject areas through dialog, asking questions, and proposing explanations based on empirical evidence (NRC, 1996). A requirement of inquiry is that the goal of learning is “to do” and learn “about” at the same time. Inquiry results in imaginative, evidence-based explanations achieved through critical thinking and leads to a deeper understanding of concepts. The goal of inquiry learning is “to do” and learn “about” at the same time Simple and elegant:
Questioning and investigation Instructional goals of inquiry based on Joyce, Weil, & Calhoun (2004):
Knowledge and processes of research
Promoting open-mindedness
Ability to balance alternative perspectives
Cooperative spirit and skill Students who engage in inquiry learning perform SIGNIFICANTLY BETTER on higher order thinking assessments than students who did not (Bredderman, 1981; Costenson & Lawson, 1986; El-Nemr, 1979; Prince, 2004; Shymansky, Hedges, & Woodworth, 1990). “21st century skills” allow students to develop skills and habits of mind that actively prepare them for workforce competitiveness. Their developement require students to think and reflect critically on what is happening around them and to develop creative solutions that serve personal and social needs. Descriptive analysis utilizing a data reduction strategy:

21st century skills standards from
The Partnership for 21st Century Skills

Inquiry standards from:
Connecticut High School and Middle School (CSDE)
National High School and Middle School (NRC)

Inquiry literacy behaviors from:
Shore, Birlean, Walker, Ritchie, LaBanca, & Aulls (2009) 21st Century Skills Inquiry Literacy Science Inquiry Standards Next steps:

Design and validate a 21st-century skill instrument
Utilize Common Standards Tentative conclusion/hypothesis:

21st-century skills are inquiry process skills huhuhuh
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