Multiple Modes of Inquiry in Earth Scienceby: Kim A. Kastens and Ann Rivet

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To help teachers enrich their students’ understanding of inquiry in Earth science, this article describes six modes of inquiry used by practicing geoscientists (Earth scientists). Each mode of inquiry is illustrated by using examples of seminal or pioneering research and provides pointers to investigations that enable students to experience these modes. By discussing and engaging with multiple modes of inquiry, students should gain a deeper understanding of both science content and science process.

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  • on Wed Mar 30, 2011 5:38 PM

I thought this article did a nice job of illustrating what types of inquiry are used in by practicing geoscientists. Teachers could use this an background information or share with students to help create a context for what they are learning. Teachers would have to supplement the ideas in this article with their lessons and concepts covered, but this article provides a nice framework for how we study Earth Science.

Kate Geer  (Louisville, CO)
Kate Geer (Louisville, CO)

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