This article is a survey of the literature on inquiry teaching. Many teachers do not participate in inquiry teaching for various reasons. The following are the main reasons: it takes too much time; students do not learn what they need for the state test; and, the teachers do not know how to grade projects and presentations. These reasons sound like rhetoric from long ago, but it is very current. In this article, research is used to show that students who participate in inquiry learning or any type of problem-based education do much better than students who do not have that opportunity. The student participants not only have better grades, but they think on a higher level, become more civic minded, and are better problem solvers. Included in the article are four models which can be used to teach inquiry science, and two lesson plans with rubrics to help grade the inquiry STS lesson. The major point being made throughout is that there is an advantage to teaching students using inquiry. The only disadvantage is not giving the students the opportunity to use inquiry and to grow.
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Key, S. and Owens, D.
"Inquiry Teaching: It is Easier than You Think!,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 13:
1, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol13/iss1/11