Model-based inquiry

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These resources exemplify the way practical work can be used alongside a pedagogical approach called model-based inquiry. This is based upon generating, testing and revising scientific models. Being primarily centred round collaborative and cooperative styles of learning, it also places particular emphasis upon the explanatory model.

This approach is different to typical school science investigations as it uses knowledge of a model to predict outcomes and this provides a platform for student discussion. This in turn enhances their learning and gives a real insight into how scientists work.

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