The INQUIRE training course at Kew uses the unique resources and expertise of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Teachers and educators will be able to recognise and develop inquiry based activities and resources that they can use in the classroom or on a visit to a ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’ (LOtC) site such as a botanic garden, reserve, arboretum, environmental education centre or natural habitat.
Using the topics of Climate Change, the rich diversity of plants and the need for plant and habitat conservation, participants will be able to build their skills and expertise to deliver teaching on these topics to upper primary and lower secondary students.
There will be opportunities to see, plan new and implement a range of innovative activities with the support of Kew staff. A number of enrichment talks, tours, demonstrations and resources will be provided, along with access to excellent sources of further information. These will help build subject knowledge and enhance teaching.
The new Kew 2012/13 course is now open for registration.
To find out more about this course read the INQUIRE at Kew information leaflet.
The reasons for biodiversity loss and climate change are many and complex and not least due to the increasing demand for energy – the world’s population is set to rise from 6 billion now to possibly 10 billion people by the end of this century. With this demand for energy comes the release of greenhouse gasses. In February, 2007, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change noted "If we keep emitting greenhouse gases at current rates we will see bigger changes this century than we did in the previous century. The amount of warming will depend on choices human beings make". INQUIRE courses can support pupils to make choices that will mitigate climate change and take action for biodiversity.Find out more
Through using an inquiry-based approach pupils become the producers of ideas. They are encouraged to participate and become engaged with learning through collaborative learning activities, peer teaching, projects and classroom talk that require multiple levels of thinking. They create new ideas and materials through projects, usually talk aloud about the way they derived an answer and take the initiative to interact with teachers and peers. There’s no one way to do IBSE, it’s more about creating an environment where all participants – teachers and pupils – are co‐learners in the educational journey. Click below to find a variety of IBSE techniques.View all techniques
The INQUIRE conference will be held on 9th and 10th July 2013 at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Teachers and educators from 14 Partner countries will come together to discuss the findings of this three year project. Information on how to enrol in the conference will be announced in early 2013.Find out more
Make your garden more relevant to teachers and students through providing them with real world experiences using IBSE techniques. Learn a variety of methods to assess your impact and become a reflective practitioner.
This course is going to transform my teaching!
By participating on an INQUIRE course you will gain skills in IBSE teaching, motivate your students, increase the self-confidence of girls to study science, provide pupils with real world experiences, gain support from a leading scientific institution and gain access to a whole range of IBSE resources.
I found the activities on the first day of the course very stimulating
25/04/13 | London
Large and complex topics, like how ecosystems work for example, can be challenging to explain. Using small, observable experiments can therefore be useful in simulating of landscape-scale processes. Scientists have used pitcher plants as tiny model ecosystems to study how “tipping points” are triggered in lakes and ponds. Perhaps this could generate some ideas for IBSE demonstrations?
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.
16/05/13 | Innsbruck, Austria
On the 19th of April 2013 the fourth international conference „Science Education in School“ took place in Galati in the North of Rumania. Suzanne Kapelari, coordinator of the INQUIRE-Project, was one of over 100 participants and presented the INQUIRE-Project as well as the Commenius Project INSTEM. On the next day more than 250 pupils took part in the “Stars of Science”-Students Contest, where they presented scientific experiments to a jury of experts.
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