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Promoting Scientific Inquiry Through Innovative Science and Engineering Curricula in Grades 3-5

Abstract

This Math and Science Partnership project provided 47 grade 3-5 teachers with high quality science and engineering curricula, classroom-focused professional development, and mentoring designed to address key topics in earth systems science and engineering education. The study examined whether the project's instructional activities enhanced teachers' notions of scientific inquiry. Findings showed that teachers' descriptions of scientific inquiry were more comprehensive after attending two weeks summer workshops. The paper also highlighted a classroom of 3rd graders engaging in an inquiry activity.

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