Inquiry Based Science Education

Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE)

IBSE is an approach to teaching science which allows students to develop their own methods of learning by developing their own questions and research techniques. Students are encouraged to make some initial hypotheses before finding out where data on these objects can be found and understanding what can be done with these data. From this, they should be able to make some conclusions and feed these back into their original hypotheses.

These IBSE activities consist of 5 phases (though other versions of IBSE exist). While these titles usually take on a pedagogical slant, friendlier ones are bracketed ...

  • Orientation (an introduction to open clusters)
  • Hypothesis (what do you think we can find out about open clusters)
  • Investigation (how do we go about making measurements, where can we find data and what do we do with data)
  • Conclusion (what can we see from our analysis, what do we now think about our initial hypothesis)
  • Discussion (can we reflect on what has been learnt and what techniques work)

IBSE requires some 'big questions' to be asked.

This activity contains a simple IBSE example.