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Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution

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SESSION 7: How Can You Use Active Learning to Teach Evolution?

Engage Part B: Charting the Continuum

Take a look at the following chart. It describes a continuum for five essential features of classroom inquiry and their variations.

Continuum Chart: See link to text version below in source credit.

Note: This chart is from National Research Council. Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. [Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2000], p. 29. They also have a text version of this chart.

If necessary, review the videos of Mr. Bingman's and Ms. Havlik's classes before completing the following activity:


Where would you put Mr. Bingman's, Ms. Havlik's, and Ms. Chen's lessons on the continuum for each of the five essential features? Explain why.


What specific elements of the lessons led you to make these placements?


Next: Explore Part A: Using Inquiry in Your Own Teaching

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