Summer 2017


Capstone Project

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Kelly Killorn-Moravec


As students study science, they need to learn how to investigate a question, as a scientist would, not just memorize facts and figures. Teaching through inquiry lends itself well to students working collaboratively to build their own understanding as opposed to only being told. The literature shows that there are several ways to teach through inquiry, all of which include the students being engaged in, exploring, explaining, and extending their learning. Using the four necessary parts of inquiry, along with the Understanding by Design framework, a unit curriculum on forces was developed to help guide the students to build their own understanding of these concepts. Through exploring the question, How might student achievement be supported through inquiry-based teaching? it was found that through careful planning, specific experiences can be developed to provide students with opportunities to learn to be critical thinkers about science.

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