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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C Resources for Teaching Science Through Inquiry." National Research Council. 2000. Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9596.
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Appendix C
Resources for Teaching Science Through Inquiry

The following list represents a sampling of the many resources available to help teachers and others use inquiry as a basis for teaching and learning science. Whenever possible, we have listed Web sites or materials that themselves contain lists of resources. The reader is encouraged also to consult the References section in this publication for further information.

WEB SITES

These Web sites contain references to a wide variety of resources, including student curriculum materials, bibliographies, and professional development opportunities.


Eisenhower National Clearinghouse

The Ohio State University

http://www.enc.org/


Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry

http://www.exploratorium.edu/IFI/resources/websites.html


The Science Learning Network

http://www.sln.org/


Project 2061

American Association for the Advancement of Science

http://www.project2061.org/


Science Education Projects Funded by the National Science Foundation

http://watt.enc.org/nsf.html


Professional Development Summer Opportunities for Teachers

NSF-Funded Projects

http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/ehr/esie/teso/

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C Resources for Teaching Science Through Inquiry." National Research Council. 2000. Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9596.
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BOOKS

Science for All Children: A Guide to Improving Elementary Education in Your School District

National Science Resources Center/ Smithsonian Institution

National Academy Press, Washington, DC: 1997.

http://www.nationalacademies.org/publications/


Inquiry: Thoughts, Views, and Strategies for the K-5 Classroom

Foundations, Volume 2

Division of Elementary, Secondary, and Informal Education

National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA: 1999.


Inquiry and Learning: Realizing Science Standards in the Classroom

John W. Layman, George Ochoa, and Henry Heikkinen

The National Center for Cross Disciplinary Teaching and Learning

College Entrance Examination Board, New York: 1996.


Physics by Inquiry, Volumes I and II

Lillian C. McDermott and the Physics Education Group, University of Washington

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York: 1996.

JOURNALS

The Science Teacher; Science and Children

National Science Teachers Association

http://www.nsta.org/pubs/tst/


Hands On!

TERC, Inc.

http://www.terc.edu/handson/handson.html


Journal of Research in Science Teaching

National Association for Research in Science Teaching

http://science.coe.uwf.edu/narst/jrstinfo.htm


ENC Focus, A Magazine for Classroom Innovators

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education

http://www.enc.org/order/


Connect

Synergy Learning International, Inc.

http://www.synergylearning.org

RESOURCE GUIDES

Resources for Teaching Elementary School Science

National Science Resources Center/ Smithsonian Institution

National Academy Press, Washington, DC: 1996.

http://www.nap.edu

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C Resources for Teaching Science Through Inquiry." National Research Council. 2000. Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9596.
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Resources for Teaching Middle School Science

National Science Resources Center/ Smithsonian Institution

National Academy Press, Washington, DC: 1998.

http://www.nap.edu

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

“Resource List: The ENC Collection”

ENC Focus: A Magazine for Classroom Innovators, vol. 6, no. 1, 1999, pp. 39-62.

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education

http://www.enc.org/order/

VIDEO COLLECTIONS

Collections of videos (with guidebooks) portraying inquiry-based teaching and learning include:


Available from the Annenberg/ Corporation for Public Broadcasting (http://www.learner.org/):


Private Universe Teacher Workshops, developed by The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.


Science Images, developed by the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory.


Science K-6: Investigating Classrooms, developed by WGBH Boston.

http://www.wgbh.org/wgbh/learn/scilib/aboutvid.html/


Teaching High School Science (available Fall 2000), developed by WGBH Boston.

http://www.wgbh.org/wgbh/learn/THSS.html/


Visualizing Growth: Changing the Way We Teach Science, developed by WNED, the Buffalo Museum of Science, and the Buffalo Public Schools.


Available from the New York State Education Department (518-474-5862): Just Think: Problem Solving through Inquiry.


Available from Heinemann (800-541-2086):

Sense Making in Science Video Series, developed by TERC.


Available from the Mr. Wizard Institute (800-537-0008):

Teacher to Teacher with Mr. Wizard, developed by the Mr. Wizard Foundation.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C Resources for Teaching Science Through Inquiry." National Research Council. 2000. Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9596.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C Resources for Teaching Science Through Inquiry." National Research Council. 2000. Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9596.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C Resources for Teaching Science Through Inquiry." National Research Council. 2000. Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/9596.
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