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Autumn 2012

23/10/12  |  Ardingly, UK

INQUIRE training day at Wakehurst Place: Moving from ‘Sage and Stage’ to ‘Engage and Discover.

22 participants from botanic gardens, zoos and other LOtC institutions attended the INQUIRE one-day training at Wakehurst Place on October 23rd, 2012. This was an introduction to IBSE from both theoretical and practical perspectives offering educators the opportunity to reflect on the pedagogies they use in their own institutions and considering adopting a more inquiry-based approach in the future.

12/10/12  |  Lisbon and Coimbra

The Inquire Project 4th Partners Meeting in Portugal

University of Lisbon Botanic Garden (UL) and Coimbra Botanic Garden (FCTUC) last week hosted the 4th Partners meeting of the Inquire Project. The meeting took place between the 2nd and the 5th of October in Lisbon and Coimbra. Representatives from 17 Partners in 11 countries gathered to discuss the implementation, development and evaluation of their Pilot Inquire courses.

25/09/12  |  Moscow, Russia

Botanists from MSU Botanic Garden Discover and Describe New Genus of Umbrelliferae

Staff at MSU Botanic Garden have recently described a new genus of plants belonging to the Umbrelliferae family. The plant, which was previously known from just 3 herbarium collections, has been newly collected and studied. It’s a rare plant, which grows only in the Tschulak Mountains (Kazakhstan).

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What is the biggest barrier to implementing IBSE in your practice?

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Changing from a didactic approach to an inquiry-based approach
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