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Unformatted text preview: nce learning, Suchman’s (1962) inquiry training begins with the presentation of a discrepant event. A discrepant event is something that does not seem to make sense, and that hopefully intrigues the students. For example, you could place a peeled, hardboiled egg in the mouth of a milk bottle and have your students observe that the egg will not fit through the opening in the bottle. You would then remove the egg from the bottle and heat the bottle. When you quickly replace the egg in the opening, it falls into the bottle. The desire to understand this hopefully discrepant event now becomes the motivation for students to engage in inquiry learning. Inquiry training teaches students to use the scientific method to understand the discrepant event they have just witnessed. Students begin by forming a hypothesis about the discrepant event. They then collect data to test their hypotheses, analyze the data, and draw conclusions. The goal is to both help them understand the discrepant event, and to develop their ability to reason scientifically about a problem...
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