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14/02/12  |  Moscow

To engage students in video observations of plants

Take a look at the Resources (Plant Growth) section, where you will find a link to a video showing the growth and shoot development of a Furcraea (flowering, formation of brood buds). The film is based on time-lapse observation of a 100-year Furcraea selloe in the hothouses of the Botanic Garden of Moscow State University (“Aptekarskiy ogorod”) and was produced by A.G.Velikanov. The video was shown during MSU’s INQUIRE course and generated great interest amongst the teachers, who are now using it in their classes. It is a good example of how modern technology can help inspire and engage students in regular observation of plants at home and in school.

09/01/12  |  London

Taking IBSE into secondary education

What does IBSE mean and why is it important that secondary as well as primary schools implement it? What changes are needed in secondary science education so that students experience learning through inquiry and what are the challenges in making these changes? Find out how education researchers, science teachers and educators joined their expertise and experience to discuss these issues at the International conference: 'Taking IBSE into secondary education'.

07/07/11  |  Madrid, Spain

Inquire courses kick off in September

Norway and Spain will be the first partners to run their INQUIRE courses. Norway will focus on primary school teachers as recommended by the Norwegian School Authorities, with 15 participants enrolled on the two-day course. In Spain, partners in Madrid and Alcala are joining forces and are running a national INQUIRE course for 30 participants of both primary and secondary schools. The course will run from 5-9 September.

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

Concern that I might lose control over the class during IBSE activities
Knowing which questions to ask to facilitate the IBSE activity
Changing from a didactic approach to an inquiry-based approach
Concern that the students will not be able to carry out the IBSE activities
Lack of confidence in delivering IBSE



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