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The Relationship Between Inquiry-Based Science Instruction And Student Achievement, Michael Louis Suarez Aug 2011

The Relationship Between Inquiry-Based Science Instruction And Student Achievement, Michael Louis Suarez

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Teaching science through inquiry has become a focus of recent educational reform in Mississippi and other states. Based on the Constructivist learning theory, inquiry instruction can take many forms, but generally follows the scientific method by requiring students to learn concepts through experimentation and real-world, hands-on experiences.

This dissertation examines the relationship between the amounts of time spent using inquiry-based science instruction and student achievement as measured by the Mississippi State Science Assessment. The study also identifies teacher perceptions of inquiry and the amount of professional development received by participants on using inquiry-based instructional techniques. Finally, this study identifies factors ...