Science Inquiry for Out of School Time Professionals

This two week course supports OST and youth development staff looking to enhance their knowledge in science and science inquiry teaching methods. Passing this professional development course earns each student 1.2 CEUs from Wheelock College.

Our kickoff session of this course was over-enrolled, and we received amazing feedback from students:

  • 100 percent of survey respondents from the June 2013 module agreed or strongly agreed that they acquired new professional competencies.
  • 100 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the course prepared them to model science inquiry in activities with students.

Module Overview

The OST Science Inquiry course teaches participants to integrate science inquiry into out-of-school-time settings. Participants learn science content and teaching strategies through engaging videos, interactive online discussions, and relevant readings and assignments.

This module is aligned with national science education standards.

 

 

Sample Course Video:

Course Objectives

  • Define science inquiry
  • Design and conduct scientific investigations; analyze, interpret, communicate and apply results
  • Identify yourself as a science learner
  • Identify elements of a science lesson which support inquiry
  • Understand how effective questions guide inquiry, teaching, and learning
  • Review science content appropriate for your grade level
  • Develop a high quality, inquiry-based outline appropriate for respective grade levels

Course Outline

Science classUNIT 1: GETTING STARTED 
Lesson 1.1: Module Goals 
Lesson 1.2: Instructor Introduction 
Lesson 1.3: Syllabus Review 
Lesson 1.4 Technical Requirements 
Lesson 1.4: Technical Requirements Upload 
Lesson 1.5: My Introduction 
Lesson 1.6: Establishing an Online Community 
Lesson 1.7: Our Online Community Forum 

UNIT 2: WHAT IS SCIENCE INQUIRY? 
Lesson 2.1: Why Teach Science? 
Lesson 2.2: Creating Your Science Profile 
Lesson 2.3: Science Profile Discussion Forum 
Lesson 2.4: Understanding Science Inquiry 
Lesson 2.5: What does inquiry look like? 
Lesson 2.6: Science Inquiry Discussion Forum

UNIT 3: APPLICATIONS OF INQUIRY SCIENCE PART A 
Lesson 3.1: Aspects Inquiry Science Page 
Lesson 3.2: How Teacher Questions Support Inquiry 
Lesson 3.3: Student's Use of Evidence 
Lesson 3.4: Teacher Questions and Evidence 
Discussion Forum

Science classUNIT 4: APPLICATIONS OF INQUIRY SCIENCE PART B 
Lesson 4.1 The Inquiry Science Environment 
Lesson 4.2 Misconceptions of Inquiry Science Part A 
Lesson 4.3 Misconceptions of Inquiry Science Part B 
Lesson 4.4: Inquiry Misconceptions Discussion Forum

UNIT 5: SCIENCE INQUIRY PROJECT 
Lesson 5.1: Content Standards and Inquiry Project 
Lesson 5.2: Inquiry Project Submission Assignment 
Lesson 5.3: Inquiry Project Discussion Forum 
Lesson 5.4: Final Reflection Assignment 
Lesson 5.5: Module Conclusion Page

Current Course Facilitator

 

Ellen Faszewski, Ph.D.

Ellen Faszewski is Chair and Associate Professor of Math and Science at Wheelock College where she teaches many classes including Science Inquiry and the Natural World. She is a cell and developmental biologist whose primary research interests are amphibian development and sponge immunology. She also has experience in science education, including work with pre and in-service teachers as well as in curriculum development. Read her full bio

 

  

Registration

Graduates of this 2-week course will earn 1.2 CEUs from Wheelock College. Please contact Nathan Hixson at nhixson@wheelock.edu for registration information.

Course Rates:

 $79 per person for a group of at least 5 students
$69 per person for a group of at least 15 students

Schedule:

Flexible, two week course schedule for interested groups.  

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