Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Science--Study and teaching (Elementary); Inquiry-based learning;
This review examined the academic benefits of using inquiry-based science instruction in elementary classrooms. It also examined different ways teachers integrate inquiry-based instruction. Several studies identified increases in science content knowledge, concepts, and process skills as outcomes associated with inquiry-based instruction. Other studies in this review showed mixed or negative results for academic benefits of inquiry-instruction. This review also highlights hands-on investigations, discourse, and literacy as three ways teachers integrate inquiry. Findings of this review suggest inquiry-based instruction allows students to understand difficult science concepts, justify their ideas, and can create positive attitudes toward science.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
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©2017 Jessica Renae Enger
Enger, Jessica Renae, "The value of inquiry-based science instruction for elementary students" (2017). Graduate Research Papers. 621.