Course Description

This course prepares K-8 teachers to develop a balanced and articulated elementary school science program that promotes inquiry. Participants discuss the evaluation of texts and reference materials, the development of hands-on activities and assessments, and the use of teacher-made materials and technology. Participants also evaluate resources for effective instructional strategies, including safety best practices.

This graduate course is 4 weeks.

Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.

Topics and Objectives

Using Science Inquiry in the Classroom

  • Identify the components necessary to meet standards for an inquiry-based science classroom.
  • Examine brain-based and constructivist approaches to instruction.
  • Explain instructional methods that improve science inquiry for diverse learners.

Planning for Science Inquiry; Strategies and Resources for Science Inquiry

  • Determine instructional methods that promote scientific inquiry.
  • Develop effective questions to engage students in independent thinking.
  • Select effective methods to encourage student cooperation in group inquiry activities.
  • Apply instructional best practices to promote scientific inquiry.
  • Evaluate resources for best practices that instill inquiry in science education.

Safety in the Inquiry-Based Science Classroom

  • Plan for safe science experiences.
  • Explain teachers’ legal responsibilities regarding safety in the classroom.
  • Identify federal and state legislation related to safety in the classroom.
  • Determine materials for safe inquiry-based science activities.

Assessment and Technology for Science Inquiry in the Classroom

  • Identify instructional methods that integrate technology in the science classroom.
  • Design authentic assessments that promote science inquiry.




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Instructor Led
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12:00AM to 11:59AM
Jan 28, 2020 to Feb 24, 2020
Online Campus
Online Non-Degree
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Online Campus
Course Fee(s)
Section Fees
Resource Fee $75.00 Mandatory
3 Credit Hours
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