Justin has been teaching Chemistry for years and is willing to adopt using different approaches. One approach is called STSE (Science Technology Society Environment). No matter which topic he introduces, the lesson always begins with something related to daily life: a news article, video clip, real object, or problem that is meaningful to students. He uses these to elicit discussion among the students. He knows that science is difficult for many students, and he believes that Students should develop scientific understanding through integrating their prior understanding with scientific information and revising their understanding.
Justin was often looking to rich curriculum resources, and he found a very rich online resource database on teaching science (WISE). Through the use of the Iinternet, students can have access to different scientific topics and problems and inquireing into complex scientific problems. Students can follow structured guides and prompts, but carry out their investigations independently. In other words, they do not merely rely on the teacher and textbook. WISE uses many simulation models and visualizations to make abstract scientific concepts accessible to science students. Using these tools, Justin trains up students’ critical thinking and scientific inquiry skills, rather than believing students have these from the very beginning.
Web-Based Scientific Inquiry (knowledge integration framework) is an instructional model to enhance science teaching in secondary school classrooms.
Web-bsed scientific inquiry has also been studied as the process of incorporating new information into a body of existing knowledge with an interdisciplinary approach. This process involves determining:
The framework is organised around four principles to promote knowledge integration (see Linn, Davis, & Bell, 2004, chap. 3):
Research by TELS Director Marcia C. Linn at University of Berkeley and others has shown that instruction is most effective when teachers
TELS, from the University of California at Berkeley, has been developed along the lines of knowledge integration theory