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What is INQUIRE?

INQUIRE is a three year project focusing on inquiry based science education, involving 17 partners in 11 European countries. The project is funded by the European Union under the 7th Framework Programme. Fourteen botanic gardens and one university are involved in the project and have each developed a 60 hour IBSE teacher training course, with support from Botanic Gardens Conservation International and King’s College London, UK. The INQUIRE courses are inspirational and are training hundreds of teachers and educators and reach thousands of children. The content of the courses focus on biodiversity loss and climate change which are recognised, in the scientific world, to be the major global issues of the 21st Century.

The INQUIRE website supports the project through disseminating information and resources and promoting dialogue between Partners and teachers. Our aim is for INQUIRE to act as catalyst, training and supporting increasing numbers of teachers and educators to develop their proficiency in IBSE and become reflective practitioners.


Why botanic gardens?

Botanic gardens are some of Europe’s most inspirational cultural, scientific and learning institutions. They contain amazingly diverse collections of plants and plant artefacts and hold extensive botanical, ethno-botanical and horticultural knowledge and skills. Most European gardens are situated in urban areas and this makes them accessible to large numbers of people. With more people living in cities, botanic gardens offer some of the only outdoor learning sites for children to gain first-hand experiences in IBSE.

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The following Partners are involved in the project:

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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?



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Go to our resource section for plenty of ideas on how to teach IBSE. We’ve searched through many books, education packs and websites to find resources relevant for teaching in botanic gardens and other informal education settings.



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