Advanced search

New professional development resources for inquiry-based science teaching approaches

Assessment and practical inquiry in scientific argumentation: A professional development programme for secondary school science teachers

The teaching and learning of scientific inquiry has been the focus of a professional development project based in the Graduate School of Education and funded by the European Union FP7 Programme.

The STEAM (Science Teaching Advanced Methods) project brought together 25 institutions from across Europe investigating and disseminating effective practices in inquiry-based approaches in science teaching.

The Bristol team, led by Professor Sibel Erduran included Wan Ching Yee and Dr Neil Ingram along with a group of science teachers from local schools.

As part of the professional development efforts, the Bristol team and two teachers, Damian Murphy from Stroud High School and Catherine Cain from Deer Park School in Cirencester, have recently shared their experiences with colleagues from Spain, Lithuania and the Czech Republic. The event took place in October and was hosted by the University of South Bohemia.

Science Teaching Advanced Methods: Frameworks for supporting argumentation in Science teaching and learning 2011
The Bristol project has produced several resources. The first resource is entitled Assessment and practical inquiry in scientific argumentation: A professional development programme for secondary school science teachers. It is a resource for teacher educators supporting the training of science teachers in acquiring skills and knowledge of teaching argumentation in science.

The second resource is called Science Teaching Advanced Methods: Frameworks for supporting argumentation in Science teaching and learning 2011. It was co-produced with colleagues in France and Spain, and includes a set of policy statements for teacher education, outlining an indicative set of vignettes for the teaching of argumentation based on inquiry approaches in science.

Finally the project has gathered example lesson materials as well as the project teachers’ reflections captured on video which are available on the Assessment and Practical Inquiry in Scientific Argumentation (APISA) website.

Read more about Professor Sibel Erduran's work

Read more about Professional development at the Graduate School

Download Assessment and practical inquiry in scientific argumentation: A professional development programme for secondary school science teachers (PDF, 3 Mb)

Download Science Teaching Advanced Methods: Frameworks for supporting argumentation in Science teaching and learning 2011 (PDF, 213 Kb)

Read more about the Assessment and Practical Inquiry in Scientific Argumentation project