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Inquiry by Design Briefs


This article describes the use of design briefs, which exemplify the process of scientific inquiry, wherein a problem is identified, investigated, and analyzed. During the process, it is expected that students will engage in researching existing ideas, crafting new thoughts, selecting and testing possible solutions, and analyzing data. It is also expected that students will evaluate their data-supported outcomes and present their findings in meaningful ways. Classroom teachers will find this methodology an effective approach to scientific inquiry because it places the responsibility for learning onto the shoulders of the students by describing what is required, but not how to get there.