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20/02/12  |  Moscow

Russian Teachers Learn about IBSE

The Botanic Garden of Moscow State University (known as “Aptekarskiy Ogorod”) has launched a pilot skills enhancement course for Russian teachers on Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE). MSU’s INQUIRE course comprises a total of 72 hours of study, subdivided into formal sessions and homework. Right from the start the atmosphere has been informal and lively, enabling the teachers and garden specialists to extract maximum value and work together on tailoring the INQUIRE course to the Russian environment. A suggestion to run a workshop to mark the completion of the pilot course was enthusiastically supported and the event has already been scheduled for 19th May 2012. Everyone is welcome to attend, including our foreign colleagues. To register an interest or find out more, please contact us at msu@inquirebotany.org.

20/02/12  |  Sofia

Additional Meeting in Bulgaria

INQUIRE training in Bulgaria continued with an additional meeting of the participants. In the cold and snowy weather it was nice to see each other and to talk about progress with the training course: what the participants have been trying out in their individual practice; what literature they have read; and how much interest there is in participating in group discussions. The focus of the meeting was reflective practice and its professional benefits, as well as the nature and meaning of "community of practitioners." We also discussed how to plan and run the practical modules included in the training in the most convenient way for all participants.

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.

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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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