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Inquiry Investigations/Experiments in Science LearningThe 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, planinvestigations, and review the evidence from the results of experiments (Hansen, 2002). TheNational 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 andsparks their curiosity about the material that is presented. Inquiry teaching helps the student togather 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 themunderstand the world in which they live.