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.
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:
- 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
UNIT 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
UNIT 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.
Graduates of this 2-week course will earn 1.2 CEUs from Wheelock College. Please contact Nathan Hixson at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration information.
$79 per person for a group of at least 5 students $69 per person for a group of at least 15 students
Flexible, two week course schedule for interested groups.