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Impact Of Problem Finding On The Quality Of Authentic Open Inquiry Science Research Projects, Frank Labanca May 2008

Impact Of Problem Finding On The Quality Of Authentic Open Inquiry Science Research Projects, Frank Labanca

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Problem finding is a creative process whereby individuals develop original ideas for study. Secondary science students who successfully participate in authentic, novel, open inquiry studies must engage in problem finding to determine viable and suitable topics. This study examined problem finding strategies employed by students who successfully completed and presented the results of their open inquiry research at the 2007 Connecticut Science Fair and the 2007 International Science and Engineering Fair. A multicase qualitative study was framed through the lenses of creativity, inquiry strategies, and situated cognition learning theory. Data were triangulated by methods (interviews, document analysis, surveys) and sources ...