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The Science Quest introduces the Inquiry/Discovery instructional framework, an innovative method for captivating students? interest in science, for building their skills in scientific thinking, and for dramatically enriching their understanding of scientific content and concepts. For teachers curious how to implement 'inquiry' learning as called for in the National Science Education Standards, this book provides detailed and practical guidance. It shows teachers how to transform ordinary lessons in ways that 1) encourage students to take initiative in posing scientific 'inquiry' questions; and 2) enable students to independently 'discover' answers to their questions by engaging in investigative practices and critically evaluating the findings. Inquiry/Discovery practices can be introduced in stages, starting with simple activities and gradually increasing the levels of challenge.

The Science Quest includes everything a teacher needs to bring successful instruction, including:

  • Extensive lesson planning and assessment tools
  • Suggestions on working with students in teams
  • Scores of sample lessons from varied disciplines
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - David Adams
Educators often disagree about the best way to teach students, but almost all agree that hands-on learning is an essential component. The Science Quest is a theoretical affirmation and sometimes practical handbook to make hands-on learning an indispensible factor for students to grasp content. The inquiry/discovery instruction framework is the authors' theme and method for building students' science skills and creating scientifically informed citizens. Teachers, administrators, and education students are introduced to lesson planning in the inquiry/discovery method. This introduction is followed by several lesson examples from middle school and high school. Other chapters discuss the interrelationship of subject disciplines, working in teams, working with special needs students, assessment, and classroom management. The Science Quest claims that its inquiry/discovery framework is an innovative method of teaching, but there is really nothing new in this book. Teachers have known for decades that hands-on learning is quite effective; however the book is no less valuable in light of content learning standardized tests and relatively new federal education mandates. It is somewhat ironic that the book is probably more valuable in presenting theory over actual lesson planning, given that the authors stress classroom interaction over pedantry. The lesson plan chapters read more like didactic case histories rather than practical help from a manual. This conceptual framework makes the book more appropriate for college education students and administrators. It will certainly add value to public library collections lacking anything on this subject; however if educators are interested in implementing actual lesson plans, they would be better served consulting step-by-step manuals. Includes appendices, references, and index. Reviewer: David Adams
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787985868
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/25/2008
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Teacher Series
  • Edition description: Teachers G
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 8.54 (w) x 11.02 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author


Frank X. Sutman is professor emeritus at Temple University,where he served as science teacher educator, senior scholar, andcoordinator of the Center for Science Laboratory Studies. Joseph S.Schmuckler is lead professor of science education and professor ofchemistry at Temple University. JOYCE D. WOODFIELD is amiddle-school teacher who has taught numerous subjects, primarilyin the language arts.

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Table of Contents


About the Authors.

The Contibutors.

1. Rethinking How Science Is Taught.

Critical Thinking and Inquiry.

Understanding Student Inquiry/Discovery.

Teaching Strategies for Inquiry/Discovery Learning.

2. Linking Inquiry/Discovery and Content Learning.

The Importance of Hands-On Activities.

Establishing Learning Goals.

Necessary Classroom Tools and Resources.

A Sample Lesson: Study of Archimedes' Principle.

Instruction Supporting Inquiry/Discovery Lessons.

Assessment in Inquiry/Discovery Lessons.


3. Introducing and Planning Inquiry/Discovery Lessons.

Building "Rigor" into Science Learning.

Understanding Levels of Student Responsibility: The"Instructional Matrix".

The Instructional Matrix in Planning Science Lessons.

Designing Inquiry/Discovery Lesson Sequences.

Structuring Lessons to Best Meet the Potential of Students.


4. Inquiry/Discovery Lessons for Middle School.

Lesson I: Astronomy (Measuring Distances).

Lesson 2: Study of Mass, Volume, and Density.

Lesson 3: Energy Conservation.


5. Inquiry/Discovery Lessons for High School.

Lesson 1: Energy, Work, and Power (Physics).

Lesson 2: Study of Cell Sizes: A Simulation (Biology).

Lesson 3: Effects of Chemicals on Metabolism (Biology andChemistry).

Lesson 4: Study of Hydrogen, Oxygen, and Water (Chemistry).

Lesson 5: Study of Oxidation and Reduction(Chemistry/Geology).


6. Supportive Instruction in Language and Team Building.

The Scope of Inquiry/Discovery

Implementing Higher-Order Student Questioning.

Working with Students in Teams.

Supportive Strategies for Students with Special Needs.

Service Learning as an Incentive for Inquiry/Discovery.

Integrating Language Arts and Science: Another Look.


7. Assessment of Inquiry/Discovery and Content Learning.

Assessment Goals in Inquiry/Discovery Instruction.

Approaches to Assessment.

The Teacher's Shifting Roles in Inquiry/DiscoveryAssessment.

A Balance of Assessment Practices.


8. Managing Inquiry/Discovery in the Classroom.


Classroom Management.

Classroom Laboratory Essentials.

Putting It All Together.

9. Looking to the Future: The Globalization Challenge.

Support for Dedicated Teachers of Science.

Concluding Thought

Appendix A: Selected Classroom Resources.

Appendix B: Writing Tools.

Appendix C: Assessment Tools.



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