Professional Learning for Educators
“Understanding the logics of scientific research is central to learning science and becoming a science teacher. Scientific inquiry must form the foundation for all science learning.”
Associate Professor Alberto Bellocchi, Lead Academic
About the resources and how to use them
Introducing ‘Engaging Students in Scientific Inquiry’
Associate Professor Alberto Bellocchi, Queensland University of Technology
Practising Science – How contemporary scientists think
through their work
Dr Tanya Doyle, James Cook University
Extended scientific investigations are an important part of school science instruction and student learning experiences. Engaging in the design, conduct and reporting of scientific inquiry projects, enables students to gain a more reflective and practical understanding of science.
Educators and scientists have collaborated to create these unique resources, that unpack the processes involved with scientific inquiry across different fields. The resources are appropriate for secondary science education across physics, chemistry, ecological science and medical research. Engaging Students in Scientific Inquiry will help pre-service, beginning and experienced teachers in deepening their understanding and application of scientific inquiry. Teachers can adapt the resources for use in their school classrooms.
Professional Learning Resources – Examples of Scientific Research Designs
Professional Learning Resources – Research Design Explained
|COMPARATIVE RESEARCH DESIGN||CORRELATIONAL RESEARCH DESIGN||DESCRIPTIVE / OBSERVATIONAL RESEARCH DESIGN|
|Overview video||Overview video
|Comparative Inquiry – classroom learning activities (pdf)||Correlational Inquiry – classroom learning activities (pdf)
+ see scientist’s video focusing on correlational inquiry in medical research
|Descriptive Inquiry – classroom learning activities (pdf)
+ see scientist’s video focusing on descriptive / observational inquiry in astrophysics
|MANIPULATIVE EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH DESIGN||PERTURBATION RESEARCH DESIGN AND OBSERVATIONAL STUDIES||RESEARCH LITERATURE AND LINKS|
|Overview video||Overview video||Summary document (pdf)|
|+ see scientists’ videos focusing on experimental inquiry in ecology and chemistry||Perturbation Studies – classroom learning activities (pdf)|
About the project
Engaging Students in Scientific Inquiry is part of a project called ‘Practising Science with Pre-Service Teachers‘. The project was aimed at enhancing pre-service teachers’ learning experiences in higher education to support school-based instruction, and trialled as part of teacher education courses at Queensland University of Technology and James Cook University.