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Characteristics of Middle School Students` Open-Inquiry Report and Their Perceptions of Conducting Inquiry
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Characteristics of Middle School Students` Open-Inquiry Report and Their Perceptions of Conducting Inquiry
Park, Mi-Hyun; Cha, Jeong-Ho; Kim, In-Whan;
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 Abstract
In this study, open inquiry reports of 165 eighth graders in Daegu were analyzed in terms of content area, the types of inquiry hypothesis, and the types of inquiry variables. Before summer vacation, students learned about inquiry process and explored their own inquiry topic for two class hours. During summer vacation, students performed open inquiry including problem selection, designing and performing experiment, data collection, data analysis, and writing report. After the vacation, students submitted their reports, and answered to additional survey regarding the source of inquiry idea, the definition of hypothesis, and the most difficult step of inquiry process. As a result, chemistry was the most dominant content area of the reports and biology and life science were the next. 130 out of 165 reports included inquiry hypotheses, and most of them were predictive hypotheses. In many reports, dependent and independent variables could not be identified because of their ambiguity. However, inquiry variables described in experimental design, which were mostly categorical variables, were clearer than those described in inquiry subject and inquiry hypothesis. The most difficult step of inquiry process for students was to generate an idea for open inquiry.
 Keywords
Open inquiry;Inquiry report;Inquiry subject;Scientific hypothesis;Inquiry variable;
 Language
Korean
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과제연구 프로그램이 고등학생들의 과학 탐구능력 및 과학에 관련된 태도에 미치는 영향,정혜영;문성배;

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