An Exemplary Approach within the Scope of Inquiry-based Learning in Science and Technology Course for the 5th Grade Students in Primary Education in Turkey

By Sefik Yasar and Nil Yildiz Duban.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Nowadays, inquiry-based learning approach has been frequently used in science and technology courses in primary schools. Inquiry-based learning is a student centered approach focused on questions, crital thinking and problem solving. Inquiry-based learning helps students develop some skills that they need to use in their lives. In this learning process, students use their problem solving skills, beside their critical thinking skills. Students are provided with some experiments that will help them to construct their own knowledge. The students who are trained via inquiry-based learning can realize their misconceptions and mistakes and correct them. So they can transfer them into knowledge and success. In this study, a practical example was developed within the scope of inquiry-based learning in science and technology course for the 5th grade students in primary education. For this purpose, at first the inquiry-based learning approach was introduced, then the basic characteristics and advantages of inquiry-based learning approach were explained. In the process of inquiry-based learning, the roles of teacher and students were emphasized. Later, inquiry-based learning settings were described. At the and of the study, a practical example was developed within the scope of inquiry-based learning in science and technology course for the 5th grade students in primary education in Turkey.

Keywords: Science and Technology Education, Inquiry-based Learning

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp.9-18. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 637.985KB).

Prof. Sefik Yasar

Prof.Dr., Faculty of Education, Department of Primary Education, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey

I am a professor of Curriculum Development in the Department of Primary Education at Anadolu University, Faculty of Education, in Turkey. I have been teaching courses such as “curriculum development”, “evaluation of educational programs”, “individualized instruction”, “teaching and learning process in primary education” at graduate and undergraduate levels. I have also been supervising master and Ph.D. thesis. I have many articles and book chapters regarding the curriculum development, teacher training and instructional technology.

Dr. Nil Yildiz Duban

Res. Assist., Faculty of Education, Department of Primary Education, Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey


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