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Handbook of Research on Science Education by Michael Talbot-Smith

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CHAPTER 27

Inquiry as an Organizing Theme for Science Curricula

Ronald D. Anderson

University of Colorado, Boulder

Inquiry has been a prominent theme of science curriculum improvement efforts ever since the post-Sputnik era NSF-funded science education endeavors appeared in the headlines of the late 1950s. By the beginning of the next decade, inquiry was a big idea in science education, as is well illustrated by the work of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), including their rationale statements prepared by Joseph Schwab and their materials themselves, their Invitations to Inquiry being an especially good exemplar. With a certain amount of ebb and flow, inquiry has persisted as a major science education theme ever since, with ...

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