The basis for this research project was the idea: Why tell or lecture students about an idea or fact when, if given the appropriate information, they would be able to figure it out for themselves? This does not mean that we hand the students a text and tell them to learn about the subject on their own, nor is this "investigative" approach to be used all the time. Because of the different levels of reasoning needed for various topics, one cannot expect a student to deduce the composition of an atom as easily as he can deduce the composition of granite. Some topics have more meaning if they are explained. Others, however, are more meaningful if the student "discovers" them. The topic of this research was to experiment and find ways in which to make certain topics investigative.
Iowa Science Teachers' Journal
© Copyright 1971 by the Iowa Academy of Science
Hermanson, Bernard D.
"Investigative Methods for the Science Teacher,"
Iowa Science Teachers Journal: Vol. 9
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/istj/vol9/iss1/7