The development of a vertically integrated model of inquiry-based practical curricula to help students to learn to ‘think like a scientist’

Lluka, Lesley J., Colthorpe, Kay L., Good, Jon, Chunduri, Prasad G. and Farrand-Zimbardi, Kirsten (2010). The development of a vertically integrated model of inquiry-based practical curricula to help students to learn to ‘think like a scientist’. In: 2010 Annual Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL 2010), Liverpool, U.K., (). 19 - 22 October 2010.

Author Lluka, Lesley J.
Colthorpe, Kay L.
Good, Jon
Chunduri, Prasad G.
Farrand-Zimbardi, Kirsten
Title of paper The development of a vertically integrated model of inquiry-based practical curricula to help students to learn to ‘think like a scientist’
Conference name 2010 Annual Conference of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL 2010)
Conference location Liverpool, U.K.
Conference dates 19 - 22 October 2010
Publication Year 2010
Sub-type Oral presentation
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Over the last 30 years, science education has moved toward models of inquiry curricula in an attempt to teach students how to think like scientists (Dunbar and Fugelsang 2005, Ritchhart and Perkins 2005). Across a broad range of contexts, inquiry-based curricula have been proposed to help students develop advanced critical thinking skills, particularly in the evaluation of evidence in complex settings (Kuhn 2005). Although inquiry-based curricula have been shown to produce superior learning outcomes compared with traditional curricula (Brickman et al 2009), an extensive review of inquiry-like learning paradigms revealed that explicit guidance, at a level appropriate to the learner’s skill and knowledge base, is essential for inquiry style classes to produce learning gains that are superior to conventional teaching paradigms (Kirschner et al 2006). This paper reports on the design, implementation, and student evaluation of a series of three undergraduate courses with vertically integrated practical curricula.
Keyword Curriculum design development and implementation
Inquiry‐based teaching
Science education
Scientific Reasoning
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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