Phenomenon-driven inquiry and science teacher professional development

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Montana State University - Bozeman, College of Letters & Science


The purpose of this Capstone Project was to understand how phenomenon-based inquiry affects teachers' practices. The study investigated if the use of phenomenon-based inquiry positively or negatively affected teachers' practices. It also asked how teachers feel about using phenomenon-based inquiry. The research followed three groups of online courses that consisted of educators learning more about the phenomenon-driven inquiry approach. The first study group consisted of students in a voluntary outreach course with Montana State University. The second and third study groups included graduate-level students in the MSSE course 501. The research compared the teachers' perceptions and experiences with phenomenon-driven inquiry and examined the effects this educational model had on their teaching and their students. The results indicated that teachers found the phenomenon-driven inquiry model helpful and effective in increasing student engagement.




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