SCI3660: Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Science Inquiry for 6-8

Overview

Have your science students lost the “wow” factor? If the answer can’t be found in the text, do they seem lost? Critical thinking, collaboration, and inquiry skills are critical components of a science classroom. Finding and incorporating the appropriate, grade level web resources into class projects can foster these skills. The proper use of technology can reinforce basic skills and help to build a mental scaffold that ultimately has students analyzing and evaluating data, questioning each other, and collaborating in a way that promotes higher order thinking. In this course, we will explore the components and benefits of functional cooperative learning groups and inquiry learning. As an outcome of this course, we will create a web-based project that employs collaboration, critical thinking skills, and inquiry.

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