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Design, Development and Evaluation of Pathways to Inquiry - Earth Science: An Inquiry Skill Analyzer and Activities Portal

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EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


The Pathways to Inquiry Project (PTI) has developed two interrelated tools, an Inquiry Skill Analyzer (iSA) and an Inquiry Activity Portal (iAP). The iSA is designed for teachers to analyze and monitor the progress of their inquiry skills in different inquiry skill areas, as well as those of their students based on the National Science Education Standards. The iAP consists of activity matrices that are keyed to both Earth science content and specific science process skills. Pilot and evaluation studies were conducted in eight middle schools during 2007-2008 and ten middle schools in 2008-2009 academic years. Analyses of the inquiry assessments showed good content and discrimination validity and test reliability. Teachers found both tools easy to use and valuable in helping students to understand science inquiry skills and to engage in inquiry-based learning of Earth science content.


Lou, Y., Blanchard, P. & Carnaggio, J. (2009). Design, Development and Evaluation of Pathways to Inquiry - Earth Science: An Inquiry Skill Analyzer and Activities Portal. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3301-3309). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 15, 2018 from .


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