INQUIRE course at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 2011-2012: UK


Module 1 - IBSE and Biodiversity. This module develops IBSE questioning to explore plant form and function and relationships

6.5 hours 07/12/11 to 07/12/11

Module 2 - IBSE, Plants and Climate Change. This module focuses on teaching Climate Change using IBSE techniques and provides training on teachers'/educators' reflective practice.

6 hours 19/01/12 to 19/01/12

Module 1

Module 1 - IBSE and Biodiversity

Teachers/educators teaching 9-14 yrs. students

Partipants will be introduced to IBSE and be given the opportunity to explore the nature of IBSE questioning.  Participants will then go on to apply IBSE questioning to a series of activities that will help them identify and classify plants.  These activities will utilise the unique resources of Kew and be carried out both inside and outside.

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Module 2

Module 2 - IBSE, Plants and Climate Change

Teachers/educators teaching 9-14 yrs. students

Teachers and educators will explore how Climate Change can be taught through IBSE techniques, they will participate and reflect on an IBSE activity and will also attend an enrichment lecture on Climate Change. Participants will also learn how to use different methods to to reflect and improve their practice.

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Coimbra team publishes chapter in IBSE book

Members of the portuguese team who led INQUIRE project on the Botanical Garden of Coimbra University published the chapter "Advantages of Science Education Outdoors through IBSE Methodology" in IBSE book.


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