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Inquiry Investigations/Experiments in Science Learning The word inquiry refers to the work that scientists do to study the world around them. The term also includes the activities that students use in science class to pose questions, plan investigations, and review the evidence from the results of experiments (Hansen, 2002). The National Research Council (2000) commented that “Inquiry requires identifying assumptions, use of critical and logical thinking, and consideration of alternative explanations” (p. 23). Inquiry teaching is important in science because it allows the student to form questions and sparks their curiosity about the material that is presented. Inquiry teaching helps the student to gather information by applying their senses; seeing, hearing, touching, tasting, and smelling. When a teacher provides inquiry investigations and experiments students learn to ask questions, conduct research, and they begin to make discoveries on their own which will help them understand the world in which they live.

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