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Science Inquiry Tools Deliver Significant Improvement in Middle-school Students' Skills
March 18, 2010
Louisiana State University professors Yiping Lou and Pamela Blanchard in the department of educational theory, policy and practice have developed an innovative program that showed an average 12 percent increase in student science inquiry skills. The project, called Pathways to Inquiry, was funded by the National Science Foundation and aids teachers and students in analyzing and building science inquiry skills through evidence-based practice.
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