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Inquiry Facilitators | Enhancing STEM Education

Our Principles

(updated 8.1.2013)

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Inquiry learning underlies the work we do with students and teachers.

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Research should be a core value.

  • Adults should help children understand their world.
  • Adults should help children learn how to organize their thinking and learn how to produce a quality product.
  • Our state, our nation and our world needs educated leaders who can think critically and act honestly and responsibly.
  • Research is a means to these ends.

Any Interest Can Drive Research (A.I.C.D.R.)

Every child has some interest that can motivate him to explore, analyze and learn more about it – and about research in the process.

Inquiry Learning is a process.

  • It involves 5 skills: Asking, Investigating, Connecting, Discussing, Reflecting (also A.I.C.D.R.).
  • It involves 4 phases: Thinking, Organizing, Producing, Communicating

Research has 5 components:

  1. Question: testable, measurable, repeatable, observable and based in the natural world
  2. Data: collection of appropriate information specific to the question; not quantity but quality
  3. Analysis: representing findings, unbiased, after rigorous scrutiny regardless if favorable or unfavorable to your pursuit
  4. Presentation: allowing peer review to critique the outcome(s)
  5. Selling: convincing the audience that your conclusions are both reliable and valid

Developing the ability to study and research his interests will serve a child for a lifetime, regardless of the path he takes.

  • Research provides a student with critical thinking skills he needs to be competitive in the global economy.
  • Research develops character through a quest for honesty, responsibility and the pursuit of truth.

We must work together to educate our children.

It is only through collaboration that we will move forward in scientific research, economic development, and technological improvement.