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Fundamentals of Inquiry Facilitator’s Guide

A Professional Development Curriculum from the

Institute for Inquiry®
The second in a set of five workshops for teacher professional development.


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Institute for Inquiry® is a registered trademark and service mark of the Exploratorium. Exploratorium® is a registered trademark and service mark of the Exploratorium. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9911834. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Major support for the Institute for Inquiry has been provided by the National Science Foundation, California Department of Education, The Noyce Foundation, Marin Community Foundation, Stephen D. Bechtel, Jr., and the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. Additional funding was made possible by Wells Fargo Foundation, The San Francisco Foundation, American Honda Foundation, Richard Lounsbery Foundation, Inc., The Grove Foundation, and Washington Mutual.

The initial ideas for Process Skills came from Wynne Harlen, noted British science educator and author or editor of such books as The Teaching of Science in Primary Schools, UNESCO Sourcebook for Science in the Primary School, and Primary Science: Taking the Plunge. Dr. Harlen has worked with the Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry for a number of years, facilitating workshops for professional developers and engaging in an ongoing dialogue with us about inquiry-based science instruction. Her thinking infuses this workshop and we are grateful for her generosity in sharing her ideas.

Caution: The experiments in this guide were designed with safety and success in mind. But even the simplest activity or the most common materials can be harmful when mishandled or misused. Use common sense whenever you’re exploring or experimenting.

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Process Skills


For more than thirty years, the Exploratorium Institute

Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

for Inquiry has been educating teachers, administrators,

About This Workshop
Workshop Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 The Workshop in Context . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

and professional developers about the theory and practice of inquiry-based teaching and learning. We have witnessed firsthand the power of science coming alive
and having real meaning for students and teachers
when they learn to focus on the questions of science,
rather than just the answers.
In 2000 we received a major grant from the...
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