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Experiencing and Applying Inquiry in Science Learning & Teaching I & II (X-SLT)

X-SLT is a 4-day intensive workshop that is a core experience, and brings together the PDP teaching community. There are two workshops that run concurrently at times, and at other times merge into one large workshop. The workshop will be held in Maui, HI, March 13—17, 2008.

X-SLT I (for new participants) includes:                        

  • Learning Science Content Through Inquiry: In this unit participants take on the role of a learner and engage in a laboratory unit on light and shadows that follows the classroom inquiry model developed by the IfI. After the inquiry activity, participants consider the ways that their experience differs from conventionally taught labs.
  • Designing Inquiry Activities: This unit begins with “Backward Design” and focuses on participants learning about the identification and prioritization of learning goals. Participants learn about content, process, and attitudinal goals. Participants work for an extended period of time designing their own lab activity with expert consultation.
  • Designing for Diversity: Participants are exposed to issues of diversity, equity, and the cultural context for science, through readings, discussions, and visiting speakers.

X-SLT II (for returning participants) includes:

  • Advanced Elements of Inquiry Design: Participants who have completed the above introductory design unit experience a variation on an inquiry activity, discuss differences, and then lead a design team in developing and teaching an inquiry activity.
  • Elements of Engineering Design: In this unit, participants learn about designing lab activities that build engineering skills by redesigning a science focused activity to emphasize the engineering process.
  • Designing for Diversity: Participants are exposed to issues of diversity, equity, and the cultural context for science, through readings, discussions, and visiting speakers.
  • Facilitating Learners in Inquiry Activities: Participants learn about how teachers can facilitate learners in the inquiry process by shadowing an expert teacher.

For Information About the Professional Development Program Please Contact: Lisa Hunter, hunter@ucolick.org, 831-459-2416, 808-573-9542.

Last Modified: Dec 7, 2007 

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