RIP-ing Through Scientific Inquiry: Critical Thinking and Effective Decision Making Skills for Middle School and High School Science Education ; Research Investigation Process

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ANOVA Science Publishing, 2005 - Science - 343 pages
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This book is awesome. I rely on it heavily when I guide my students through science fair or classroom investigations for science or STEM. The RIP approach actually naturally brings the content areas of STEM together for each inquiry that my students do. The RIP book dissects the scientific inquiry process into easily understood components that can be easily digested and tried by secondary students or elementary teachers. The book is clearly and simply written and contains numerous examples as well as diagrams that help with understanding some of the more challenging content such as research designs and the analysis of data. The author actually uses examples from his own laboratory experiences as a scientist and brings in some interesting research examples appropriate for the K-12 classroom level that span across science areas. Once you get used to this model of teaching, it becomes easy to adjust any investigation to the level of the student. It has given me a whole new approach to teaching my students and they love it. Because the RIP is all about scientific practices, it fits perfect with the newest science education standards (Next Generation). I believe that any teacher trying to bring the use of scientific practices into the classroom will find this book very useful. Sometimes at the state science fair I can actually guess which projects have used the RIP approach before I even speak with the student scientists because of the high quality their work portrays. 

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I heard Landsman speak about the brain in New Jersey a few weeks ago. Showed through brain scan technology and research on the brain that learning and memory can be increased with themes of learning. He showed why scientific inquiry and hands-on and thinking challenges are so important for students learning. He also talked about mental disease like Alzeimers and how thinking challenges, education and even tai chi can possibly prevent the diseases from showing up. His presentation was like an investigation itself because he gave us the evidence and let us actually answer a question of whether teachers are neuroeducators. He talked about some of his own research on the brain and how it added to the work of other scientists. The talk was long, an hour and a half, but everyone was riveted to their seats and no one left early! Excellent talk, great choice for a speaker, NJ Science Convention!
Ther talk was so good I bought this book and one Landsman just edited. Professor Yager from the National Science Teachers organization wrote the forward of the newer book on scientific practices and said such positive things that I needed to buy that book too. I am already using it in my classroom. It is a very complete approach to using inquiry in the classroom and the RIP-ing Through Scientific Inquiry book is very helpful with the details for investigations in the classroom.


Levels of Measurement 7882
Validity and Ethics in Research Investigations 33
Research Investigation Process Results Section
Research Investigation Process Discussion and Conclusion Section
Research Investigation Process Next Step Section
Glossary 332338
Index 339343
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