Using Inquiry in the Science Classroom

EDZU 9943 (3 credits / 45 hours)

Location: Online
Instructor: Christina Buckner           **NEW COURSE**

Start Date: 03/06/2019
End Date: 04/09/2019

Course Syllabus

The use of scientific inquiry in the classroom serves as a model of how science is done in the real world. In this course, we will explore inquiry, looking at topics such as why inquiry is important for student understanding as well as several different types of inquiry that can be used within a lesson. You will leave this course with lessons that you can use in your own classroom and the tools to create lessons on your own, enabling you to create a more engaging classroom environment for your students. Appropriate for grades K–12



Teachers enrolled in this course will...


  1. What inquiry is and how it differs from traditional laboratory activities
  2. What the teacher and student are responsible for doing in each level of inquiry
  3. .What a POGIL is and how it differs from the a laboratory inquiry activity


  1. The benefits of using inquiry over traditional lab activities
  2. The type of lesson/lab activity that each type of inquiry is best suited for
  3. How a POGIL lesson is structured and the types of lessons that are best suited for POGILs

and Be Able To

  1. Tier a lesson in to the 3 levels of inquiry
  2. Create a structured, guided, and open-ended inquiry lab activity for their content area
  3. Use a diagram and/or data from their course content to create a POGIL lesson

and much, much more!

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