National Academy of Science Standards

Science As Inquiry

In the vision presented by the Standards, inquiry is a step beyond ''science as a process," in which students learn skills, such as observation, inference, and experimentation. The new vision includes the "processes of science" and requires that students combine processes and scientific knowledge as they use scientific reasoning and critical thinking to develop their understanding of science. Engaging students in inquiry helps students develop.

  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry.
  • Understanding about scientific inquiry.
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