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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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This document was uploaded on 03/29/2014 for the course EPS 324 at N. Arizona.
- Spring '08