The images of inquiry library is a dynamic database that allows users to search by topic, grade level, teacher, or by features of inquiry. The database provides short narratives for teachers to see how inquiry was used for their selected fields.
The Rationale Behind the Feature (Specific Design Principle):
The images of inquiry library provides images of scientific inquiry that incorporate representations of inquiry grounded in curriculum. By providing short narratives on inquiry lessons of selected curricular areas, the library can promote reflection among new teachers, help new teachers link theory with practice, and provide concrete examples of how to teach using inquiry through modeling.
Context of Use:
The inquiry library is part of the CASES project which provides curricular materials and reflection tools for new elementary science teachers. Users can search the images of inquiry library to find examples, in narrative form, of teachers using inquiry methods to teach science subjects.
Before the addition of the images of inquiry library, preservice teachers in an elementary methods course struggled to apply inquiry methods in their classes. By adding concrete examples to build upon, these teachers would be able to have a better idea of how inquiry can be accomplished.
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