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In the ThinkerTools Project, researchers from UC Berkeley and elsewhere are collaborating with middle school teachers from inner-city, rural, and suburban public schools. We are developing instructional methods and materials aimed at making scientific inquiry accessible to a wide range of students. Our work includes:

Scientific Inquiry Creating instructional approaches that foster the development of students' scientific inquiry and reflective learning skills


Inquiry Software Developing computer-based tools and educational activities that facilitate those skills and understandings


Curricula Creating curricular materials and teacher's guides which embody these new approaches to science education


Assessments Developing alternative methods of assessment that evaluate understanding, inquiry, and metacognition rather than rote retention of facts and formulas


Models of Expertise Creating and testing theories of expertise and its acquisition, including models of scientific inquiry and reflective learning, which form the foundation for these instructional tools, methods, and materials

The ThinkerTools Research Group is part of the University of California, Berkeley's Graduate School of Education.


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