The impact of a combined inquiry-based approach and Harkness style approach on students' attitude and confidence
Tisch, Alexander John
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The purpose of this project was to assess the impact of implementing Harkness discussion method and more inquiry-based lab exercises on three ninth grade physics classes. Student attitudes and confidence were assessed before and after replacing lectures and standard lab procedures with Harkness style class discussions and inquiry-based exercises. Student scores on regular unit tests, homework assignments and other exercises were used to assess the effect of the new teaching techniques on student performance. Students did not show improvement in attitude and confidence but their performance and overall understanding improved. Students generally enjoyed the new approach and would like to continue using discussions instead of traditional lectures.