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Differentiated Science Inquiry

Differentiated Science Inquiry

October 2010 | 168 pages | Corwin
This book will help primary school teachers of science gain the skills and knowledge needed to both incorporate inquiry-based instruction into their classrooms and to differentiate such instruction to more effectively meet the needs of all students. The author introduces differentiated inquiry and show teachers how to develop and customize learning choices that best fit their students' individual styles and comfort levels.

Differentiated inquiry is based on the belief that when students are provided with choice in instructional options they are more engaged and committed to completing the task at hand. This, in turn, increases student motivation, interest in science, and a desire for students to achieve at higher levels.

About the Author
Part I. The Meaning of Inquiry: The "Why" Chapters
1. Pathways to Inquiry
2. The Art and Science of Inquiry
3. Differentiated Science Inquiry
4. Why Teachers Differentiate Science Instruction
5. Motivation: The Key to Unlock Learning
Part II. The Mechanics of Inquiry: The "How" Chapters
6. How to Write a Differentiated Science Inquiry Lesson
7. Differentiated Life Science Inquiries
8. Differentiated Earth Science Inquiries
9. Differentiated Physical Science Inquiries
10. Making a Commitment to Differentiated Science Inquiry
Resource A. Balls and Ramps Lesson Plan: Teacher Guide
Resource B. Balls and Ramps Lesson Plan: Student Guide

 "One of the best resources I have read in a long time, this work is an affirmation of what we do and it will help us do it better."

Susan Leeds, Science Curriculum Leader/Teacher
Howard Middle School, Orlando, FL

 "The author relates his strategies to real-life scenarios and includes hands-on examples that are easily implemented into any science curriculum. A must-have for any science teacher!"

Diane Callahan, Middle School Science Teacher
Fairfield Middle School, OH

"Doug Llewellyn provides yet another insightful book that can be used to improve individual instruction or guide professional development for entire science departments. This book helps teachers provide what each student needs to excel in a manner that can be sustained for years to come. The examples included within provide concrete guidance that can be applied with tomorrow’s first period."

Jeff C. Marshall, Associate Professor, Science Education
Clemson University, SC

"This very readable book beautifully ties together inquiry, motivational strategies and differentiation. With multiple examples of science lessons across disciplines, this important book provides a solid rationale for the importance of differentiated inquiry."

Susan B. Koba, President-Elect
National Science Education Leadership Association

"This book deals with two of the most difficult pedagogical challenges science teachers must face: conducting inquiry-based investigations and differentiating instruction. It provides new insight and strategies for creating opportunities for all students to become more engaged. Along with classroom examples, the author provides practical suggestions on how to give students more control of meeting their needs. The result is student motivation and proficiency."

Linda Froschauer, Editor
Science and Children

"Effective instruction is the goal of every educator, and this excellent resource provides detailed guidance in the use of DSI as the tool to get there."

Cindi Smith-Walters, Biology Professor
NSTA Recommends,

I needed a text that focused more broadly on science methods.

Dr Jennifer Roberts
School Of Education, Willamette University
December 31, 2012
Key features
  • Shows how to differentiate inquiry-based instruction to more effectively meet the needs of all students
  • Explores issues of ownership of learning, student choice and motivation
  • Presents numerous examples of differentiated inquiry in the four main areas of science instruction
  • Provide guidance and strategies for effective management of the differentiated, inquiry-based classroom
  • Offers recommendations for developing a classroom culture of inquiry

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: Pathways to Inquiry

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