Reshelving the Cookbook: Engaging Learners in Science through Student-Driven Inquiry
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Secondary Advisor/Reader One
This project addresses the research question, "How does increasing the amount of student-driven inquiry in my science classroom impact fourth grade students' motivation, engagement level and feelings about science?" It documents an elementary science teacher's attempt to shift from "cookbook" science lessons, where students typically know the outcome prior to the investigation, toward a more inquiry-based curriculum. The author reviews literature related to inquiry learning in elementary classrooms to validate the study. She gathers data from student interest surveys, observational notes and student work samples to support her conclusions. The author describes successes and challenges during implementation and concludes that, while there was some measureable increase in student engagement and motivation during the study, a sustained implementation of inquiry in the classroom would provide more conclusive results.
Dempsey, Jodi Jean, "Reshelving the Cookbook: Engaging Learners in Science through Student-Driven Inquiry" (2014). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 9.