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Inquiry-based labs allow students to think and act like scientists. In this workshop, you will focus on inquiry and its place in the classroom, and learn how to confidently create inquiry-based labs. You will analyze how traditional labs differ from inquiry-based labs and practice modifying traditional labs to make them inquiry based. In addition, you will have an opportunity to plan how to transition your curriculum and laboratory environment to focus on inquiry.

Length: 1 day

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Examine current research and models of inquiry to understand differing lab structures.
  • Identify students’ cognitive processes during various laboratory investigations and learn to identify the tasks that enable different levels of inquiry (confirmation, structured, guided, or open).
  • Learn how to modify traditional labs to make them inquiry based.
  • Develop strategies for adapting the classroom experience for inquiry.