Teachers Learning To Pull Together Math, Science Instruction

Educators Participating In Three-Year Workshop Program At University of Arkansas

Posted: July 24, 2014 at 1:30 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO ANDY SHUPE Larry Buell, left, a teacher at West Fork Middle School, helps Karnesia Kelly, right, and John Barton, both teachers at Osceola STEM Academy, to adjust and weigh a radio-controlled car Wednesday before racing it against another during the workshop in Fayetteville.

FAYETTEVILLE -- With a loud pop, a plastic bottle filled with water blasted beyond the treetops Wednesday outside the John A. White Engineering Building at the University of Arkansas.

At A Glance

Inquiry Based Learning

Indiana University defines inquiry-based learning as an “instructional model that centers learning on solving a particular problem or answering a central question.” There are several different inquiry-based learning models, but most have these several general elements in common:

• Learning focuses around a meaningful, ill-structured problem that demands consideration of diverse perspectives.

• Academic content-learning occurs as a natural part of the process as students work towards finding solutions

• Learners, working collaboratively, assume an active role in the learning process.

• Teachers provide learners with learning supports and rich multiple media sources of information to assist students in successfully finding solutions.

• Learners share and defend solutions publicly in some manner.

Source: www.teachthought.com

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