Achievable Inquiry in the College Laboratory: The Mini-Journalby: Frank J. Schmidt, Stephen B. Witzig, Ningfeng Zhao, Sandra K. Abell, Jan C. Weaver, and John E. Adams

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The authors engage students in inquiry-based learning by presenting laboratory exercises as mini-journal articles that mirror the format of a scientific journal article, including a title, authors, abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, and citations. Students develop and carry out their follow-up investigation, then present their findings in the form of their own mini-journal. Mini-journals replace traditional cookbook laboratories with a format that more directly encourages scientific practice.

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  • on Sat Jul 21, 2012 6:44 PM

This article presents a process where students read a modified science research article which ends with suggestions for additional inquiry that students can follow up on as an open inquiry lab. With the new common core standards, this process could be used for college, high school, and for middle school students who are already used to inquiry to get them accustomed to science literature as well (another of the common core standards) Wonderful details take you through the process with an active website for additional support.

Tina Harris  (Fairmount, IN)
Tina Harris (Fairmount, IN)

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