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What Happened to Inquiry in the NGSS?

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Frederick Nelson

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Transcript of What Happened to Inquiry in the NGSS?

What happened to
Inquiry in the NGSS?

Frederick L. Nelson
California State University, Fresno
STEM Learning in Action Conference
Fresno, California--May 10, 2013

Scientific Inquiry in 1996
(National Research Council, 1996, p. 214)
"Inquiry is a set of interrelated processes by which scientists and students pose questions about the natural world and investigate phenomena; in doing so, students acquire knowledge and develop a rich understanding of concepts, principles, models, and theories."
Abilities of Inquiry, K-4
Ask a question about objects, organisms, and events in the environment
Plan and conduct a simple investigation
Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses
Use data to construct a reasonable explanation
Communicate investigations and explanations
Essential Features of Classroom Inquiry
Learner engages in scientifically oriented questions
Learner gives priority to evidence in responding to questions
Learner formulates explanations from evidence
Learner connects explanations to scientific knowledge
Learner communicates and justifies explanations
National Research Council, 2000)
Levels of Inquiry
(Banchi & Bell, 2008)
Multiple Perspectives on Inquiry

Learning outcome

Scientific practice

Something Different in the Framework
Scientific and Engineering Practices
Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
National Emphasis on Inquiry
The Nature of Science
Science demands evidence
Science is a blend of logic and imagination
Science explains and predicts
Scientists try to identify and avoid bias
Science is not authoritarian
(Project 2061, 1989)
What's the Difference?
Has Inquiry Been Poached?
"because the term 'inquiry' . . . has been interpreted over time in many different ways . . . part of our intent in articulating the practices in Dimension 1 is to better specify what is meant by inquiry in science"
(National Research Council, 2012)
What does this mean for
Science teachers?

Science teacher educators?

Science learners?

Other stakeholders?

Science Expert Panel public meetings

May 13 & 14 and June 3 & 4

Thanks for your interest
Inquiry in the California Standards
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