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Inquiry-based labs allow students to engage in science practices that require them to think and act like scientists. In this workshop, you will focus on understanding inquiry and its place in the classroom. You will analyze how traditional labs differ from inquiry-based labs and learn strategies for modifying traditional, “cookbook” labs to make them inquiry-based. In addition, you will have an opportunity to plan how you will transition your curriculum to focus on inquiry. After this workshop, you will be able to confidently create and implement inquiry-based labs.

Length: 1 day

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Use current research and models of inquiry-based labs to understand different lab structures.
  • Recognize the cognitive processes that students engage in during various laboratory investigations and identify the tasks that enable different levels of inquiry (confirmation, structured, guided, or open).
  • Practice modifying traditional labs to make them inquiry-based.