INQUIRE is reinvigorating inquiry-based science education

INQUIRE is helping to reinvigorate inquiry-based science education throughout Europe. Run by botanic gardens in 11 countries, INQUIRE teacher training courses are demonstrating how IBSE can inspire students in science and help address biodiversity and climate change.

The INQUIRE project ended in November 2013 and for this reason this website has not been updated. You will find a wealth of educational material on Inquiry-Based Science Education on the Resources section of this website including the outputs of the project. 

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INQUIRE Course Manual now available

14/01/15 | London, UK

INQUIRE Course Manual now available

This manual is designed to support teachers and educators taking part in inquiry-based training courses running in botanic gardens or similar environmental education sites.

INQUIRE Dissemination summary is now available to download

14/01/15 | London, UK

INQUIRE Dissemination summary is now available to download

The dissemination activities of the INQUIRE project intended to promote the INQUIRE courses, inform about the progress and outcomes of the project and, ultimately, widely encourage the implementation of IBSE.

INQUIRE Practitioner Manual now available

24/11/14 | London, UK

INQUIRE Practitioner Manual now available

This manual aims to critically examine the concepts and use of action research and reflective practice in enhancing professional practice using IBSE in both formal and informal settings.

BGEN Conference 2014

07/10/14 | London, UK

BGEN Conference 2014

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is hosting the next Botanic Gardens Education Network (UK) Conference 'Learning for Sustainable Development', 5th-7th November 2014, Devon, United Kingdom.

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16/10/13 | London

Climate change is happening- The IPCC’s fifth report

IPCC report published in September reveals that, due to human activity, average global temperatures are at their highest for 1400 years. It is already affecting the planet and it's only going to get worse. With the report suffering backlash from still unconvinced critics, how are the public to know what to believe?

14/10/13 | London

Stop Global Food Waste

Up to 2bn tonnes of perfectly good food is wasted every year, resulting in the loss of land, water and energy. In Europe, better farming practices and transport, storage and processing facilities means that a larger proportion of food produced reaches our market. Why then do we waste it through retail and customer behaviour?

27/09/13 | Moscow

From drawing of plants to plant systematics

We would like to present our experience, which may be interesting to teachers not only in secondary education, but also in primary schools. During three months we conducted a natural science study group for schoolchildren 10-11 years in Moscow school No 57. The students in the group compiled plant determinants...

19/09/13 | Bremen, Germany

Project "Wild plant-protection Germany"

15 wild plant species are endangered in Germany. This species include arnica (Arnica montana), dune gentian (Gentianella uliginosa) and marsh orchid (Dactylorhiza majalis). Aim of the project is to build up a national network for protecting endangered wild plants in Germany to provide a long-term survivable population of these species.

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I am looking forward to learning to use IBSE in the classroom. Juliet Smith, teacher of KS2, London

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The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the dissemination events and activities during the INQUIRE project, 2010-2013.

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