ESE 521: ProbSolv/Inq Basd Sci Teach


85936 (for web registration)




James Karlan






Fall 2012

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 8/30 - 12/6 (8:00AM-11:30AM)


Competency Areas: Cert – Required; ASJS, CB, EE, SDS, SDCC – Methods

Restricted to ES Certification students, others by written permission of instructor provided to Registrar’s Office via Antioch email.

If I told you the answer, those of you still thinking about the problem would probably stop… In the spirit of Catherine Fosnot’s remark, we will explore teaching science in middle and high schools from a problem-solving and inquiry-based orientation. We will solve problems about problems and inquire into the nature of inquiry. We will experience problem solving and inquiry from the perspectives of learners and teachers. Therefore, whether you are trying to figure out how to lift a classmate with one arm, the engineering of a pneumatic pump, or how to sustain multiple generations of life in a sealed container, we will reflect about the teaching of and learning through problem-solving and inquiry based approaches. Most if not all of our classes will meet at the Brattleboro Area Middle School and Brattleboro Union High School, two of our three lab schools, where you will have opportunities to observe, assist, and teach science lessons using problem solving approaches. Although this class will meet on Fridays, its exact time will be determined once the Brattleboro School system finalizes their fall school schedule, and in particular, the start of their school day.