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Title:Fostering inquiry-based learning in technology-rich learning environments: The Inquiry Page in the GK-12 Fellows Program
Author(s):Comstock, Sharon; Harnisch, Delwyn; Bruce, Bertram C.; Mehra, Bharat
Inquiry Page
inquiry-based learning
Inquiry unit
Abstract:This paper analyzes the uses of the Inquiry Page ( in the National Science Foundation GK-12 Fellowship Program*, where scientist-fellows and K-12 teachers partner to integrate the use of computer-based modeling, scientific visualization, and informatics in science and mathematics education. The Inquiry Page is a web-based, knowledge-building tool that facilitates and fosters real-world application of inquiry-based learning. By creating “Inquiry Units” teachers and learners collaboratively engage in the inquiry path, building new knowledge as well as a resource for other teachers and learners. By offering structures for inquiry teaching and learning, a-synchronous community-building is occurring with teachers/learners being able to draw upon and share their own applications of inquiry-based teaching. The Inquiry Page, then, becomes the nexus between theory and application. It emerges as a “portal” for the scientist-fellow, teacher, and students in the classroom; facilitates communication between the teacher/scientist team and other educators both at the school and in the larger education community; supports inquiry-based teaching in the real world of the classroom; and nurtures the development and professional growth of the teacher and scientist/fellow by engaging in reflective educational theory and practice. *The EdGrid GK-12 Fellowship Program supports annual teaching fellowships for graduate student scientists from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and is administered by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.
Issue Date:2002-06
Publisher:Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education
Citation Info:Comstock, Sharon L.; Bruce, Bertram C.; Harnisch, Delwyn; & Mehra, Bharat (2002). Fostering inquiry-based learning in technology-rich learning environments: The Inquiry Page in the GK-12 Fellows Program pdf logo. In P. Barker & S. Rebelsky (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2002 (pp. 340-341). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
Genre:Book Chapter
Publication Status:published or submitted for publication
Peer Reviewed:is peer reviewed
Sponsor:National Science Foundation Grant/Contract # 0086455
Date Available in IDEALS:2010-07-06

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