National Science Teachers Association
“What is Inquiry? Inquiring Minds Want to Know.”

This Web Seminar took place on May 12, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Dr. Arthur Eisenkraft, Distinguished Professor of Science Education at UMass Boston. In this seminar, Dr. Eisenkraft talked about the concept of inquiry based instruction by giving examples and point out issues in current text presentation.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This program gave participants and overview of the concept of inquiry instruction in science classes. Participants were shown how a commonly used lab on the pendulum, could be changed from a ‘cook book’ type lab to one with an inquiry based focus. Dr. Eisenkraft also talked about the 5E and even 7E models of inquiry based instruction.

Eighty-two (82) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin. Two participants attended the Web Seminar from locations outside the United States: Germany, Puerto Rico and Turkey.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “Importance of Inquiry but that it doesn't have to be here you do it, and the connection and process of 7E.”
  • “It was very well designed didactical concept, which refreshed that kind of lessons structure I would always practice but don’t manage every day.”
  • “In the process of rewriting next year's syllabus. This webinar came at the right moment to see the need of the 7E.”
  • “This was an excellent webinar. It provided a practical and useful tool that can be immediately used in the classroom. It was very thought provoking.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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