Phenomena-Driven Inquiry Book


Packed with NGSS-aligned strategy, philosophy, and over one hundred 3-Dimensional lessons ready to be implemented into your science curriculum!


Phenomena-Driven Inquiry is packed with NGSS-aligned strategy, philosophy, and over one hundred 3-Dimensional lessons ready to be implemented into your science curriculum.


Welcome to Phenomena-Driven Inquiry!

Across the United States, the way in which science education is delivered and experienced is at a pivotal point. We are in the midst of reassessing what it means to know, understand, and do science. Current educational reform establishes significant emphasis on phenomena-driven learning, positioned as a central focus of educational strategy, practice, and curricular expectation. The spotlight, weight, and emphasis on phenomena represents a revolutionary approach and charge in education.

Phenomena-Driven Inquiry and the POQIE (Predict, Observe, Question, Investigate, Explain) model introduce a powerful strategy for the investigation of scientific phenomena in the classroom. Representing 15 years of research and field-testing, the strategy centers on phenomena-driven investigations that guide students as they make sense of natural phenomena through the lens of a unique, inquiry-based approach.  The model capitalizes on student-generated questions sparked by the unexpected and startling nature of our world, captured through discrepant event phenomena. Discrepant events embody phenomena. Positioned at the core of the strategy, they instill cognitive conflict by contradicting beliefs and expectations. Leveraged by their curiosity, the model guides students through investigation, discourse, and argumentation as they collaboratively construct an understanding for the scientific concepts that underlie the observed phenomena.

Reflecting the most current research on how we learn, especially how we learn science, the book has two parts. Part one details every facet of Phenomena-Driven Inquiry, in depth. Additionally, you will learn the philosophy and theory behind the strategy. Plus, you will discover how to efficiently integrate Phenomena-Driven Inquiry into your curriculum. This section of the book also includes a thorough review of the strategy’s alignment to current education standards. It continues with a comprehensive examination of discrepant event phenomena and the power they present as a central feature of the POQIE model. In its entirety, part one provides the foundation for you to most effectively deliver Phenomena-Driven Inquiry to your students.

Part two is packed with an extensive array of nearly 100 uniquely developed discrepant event 3D lessons, involving 120 concepts from every discipline of science. Along with each detailed lesson plan, you will find necessary materials, potential variables for your students to investigate, an explanation of the science concept underlying the observed phenomenon, and tips for the most rewarding student learning experience. Most of the lessons also include variations involving presentation, resources, time, student abilities, and grade levels. Also accompanied with each 3D lesson is its specific alignment within the standards, as well as a complete description of its use within the POQIE model.

This is powerful pedagogy, a tremendous resource for the development of practices and curriculum for both pre-service and in-service science teachers.

508 pages

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