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Using Inquiry in the Classroom: Developing Creative Thinkers and Information Literate Students 2nd Edition

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This book serves as an excellent primer for teachers on the value of inquiry learning as a teaching modality. Coffman clarifies the importance of inquiry learning under the umbrella of self-directed knowledge construction. Engaging Students through Inquiry-Oriented Learning and Technology offers teachers both the theoretical underpinnings of inquiry learning as well as practical takeaways of activities that can be put to immediate use in the classroommmm (Dave Mirra, chief technology officer, Stafford County Public Schools, Stafford, VA)

Engaging Students through Inquiry-Oriented Learning and Technology is easy to read and follow, even if you are not a teacher. One of the most important things I learned was to be a guide and to not set too many limits for the students. (Ashley M. DeBord, preservice teacher and graduate education student)

Web inquiry allows students to take charge in their assignment and is more focused on them finding information online than having the teacher post Web sites for the students to use. These activities make students think and will keep them focused on finding answers that they need. I have to make my hook interesting in order to keep my students motivated and interested in the topic. (Brian Southerland, preservice teacher and graduate education student)

What a great resource! Coffman makes the reading easy to understand but gives plenty of information and detail; her knowledge of the subject matter comes through without impeding the reader with many technical terms. What I thought about when I read Engaging Students through Inquiry-Oriented Learning and Technology is how little I really understood about Web-based inquiry. This text gives me some innovative ideas for my own web-based activity. (Jeanne Bergeron, math teacher and graduate student in education)

Wow! After reading Engaging Students through Inquiry-Oriented Learning and Technology, I have a much better understanding of a Web inquiry activity. When designing and developing my web-based lessons, I will remember to keep the ideas interesting. I want to hook students and get them actively involved in their learning. The more my lesson intrigues students, the better their learning and development of ideas because they are truly interested and want to learn more. When students analyze and synthesize their own ideas, they don't get the ideas of a filtered textbook; instead they create meaning from what they are discovering. In the web-based inquiry activity, my job is to assist students and be their support when they have problems not guide their every single movement. (Stephanie Iero, preservice teacher and graduate student in education)

Textbooks provide a good solid source to use in the classroom, but too many teachers use them as their only source. Why would you not use the Web when it has so much valuable information right at your students' fingertips? Engaging Students through Inquiry-Oriented Learning and Technology really helped me to understand all the good things that come with using technology in the classroom. (Kelley A. Dent, preservice teacher and graduate student in education)

This book serves as an excellent primer for teachers on the value of inquiry learning as a teaching modality. Coffman clarifies the importance of inquiry learning under the umbrella of self-directed knowledge construction. Engaging Students through Inquiry-Oriented Learning and Technology offers teachers both the theoretical underpinnings of inquiry learning as well as practical takeaways of activities that can be put to immediate use in the classroom (Dave Mirra, chief technology officer, Stafford County Public Schools, Stafford, VA)

The inquiry-oriented activities discussed in Coffman's book allow students to be active and engaged in their own learning. This approach to educating twenty-first century learners is exactly what students need to be competitive in this global marketplace! The use of WebQuests, Web-based inquiry, and telecollaborative activities provides students with the hands-on learning they need to be twenty-first century citizens. Students in today's classroom not only need to be engaged, motivated, and interested in learning; they also need to apply their knowledge to the world they live in. . . . I would highly recommend this book to any practicing teacher who wants to do more in the classroom than just lecture and who sees the benefit of real-world application to stimulate theoretical, textbook learning. (Mary Beth Klinger, professor of business, College of Southern Maryland, La Plata, MD)

This book is an excellent resource for educators who want to engage students into higher order thinking, problem solving, and creativity through inquiry-oriented learning and technology. I would highly recommend this book because it is easy to understand and offers a theoretical view and a pragmatic perspective. (Marvin Srivastava, ELL Teacher and graduate education student)

About the Author

Teresa Coffman, PhD, is an associate professor of education at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. She instructs pre-service teachers as they work toward initial licensure and a Master’s degrese in Education.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: R&L Education; 2 edition (December 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610488520
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610488525
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,212,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ideas and concepts in the book are a great help for designing activities and using an approach that makes the teacher a monitor and the student the center of learning.
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This book is a must-read for 21st century educators. Developing creative thinkers and information literate students is important in this knowledge-based economy. Dr. Coffman’s book is helpful in identifying effective concepts, strategies, and methods to design a thinking curriculum for students while meeting a teacher’s instructional needs.

Throughout the book, instructional strategies and activities are presented that can be integrated into teaching. Coffman provides the reader with transformative ideas that can be seamlessly incorporated into a variety of classroom settings. Any educator whose goal is to develop successful students in this digital age and global environment will want to read this book.

Technology is a reoccurring theme throughout the book, but learning outcomes and meaningful opportunities for students to become engaged in the content and think critically about various topics of instruction are the guiding force and central premise.

As you read and reference Coffman’s book, you learn more clearly how to design lessons that allow students to become critical and creative thinkers, information fluent, and to develop stronger communication and collaboration skills through an authentic learning environment that includes 21st century resources, tools, and strategies that move you and your students beyond the classroom walls.

This book leads you through an inquiry landscape that provides many opportunities to discover how you can use inquiry-oriented learning strategies and methods in the classroom to help bring your teaching and student learning to life.

You will enjoy this book from cover to cover. Coffman provides effective strategies and methods that you can easily integrate into your own lessons today.
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