Enquiry based learning


We need to know the current innovations in informal science education, in particular in relation to enquiry based learning (EBL) and enquiry based science education (EBSE). How do these approaches modify the relationship of young people toward science education and careers?

So what is Enquiry based learning?

Enquiry is an approach to learning that involves a process of exploring the natural or material world. The process leads to asking questions and making discoveries in the search for new understandings. Enquiry-based learning shares several features with the practice of doing real science.

Founded on the inductive approach to teaching, enquiry-based education was developed in the 1960s, in the context of the discovery learning movement.

In European policies about education, the Rocard Report (2007) supports the reversal of school science-teaching pedagogy from mainly deductive to enquiry-based methods, as a mean to increase interest in science. Similar governmental policies or non governative pedagogical movements can be found all around the world.


Joshua P. Gutwill and Sue Allen

Group Inquiry at Science Museum Exhibits


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Subtitle: Getting Visitors to Ask Juicy Questions

Exploratorium, 2010.

This book outlines the development and evaluation of the Juicy Question activity. Juicy Question is an innovative activity designed to help science museum professionals enhance group inquiry at exhibits, thus deepening the learning generated among families and school groups. Juicy Question emphasizes two key skills: asking questions that lead to fruitful inquiry and articulating subsequent discoveries.

Both research report and how-to manual, this book outlines the development and evaluation of the Juicy Question activity, demonstrating how it affects behavior in museum visitors, and at the same time teaches valuable inquiry skills useful in a variety of informal education settings.

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Jim Minstrell and Emily H. van Zee (eds)

Inquiring into Inquiry Learning and Teaching in Science




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