Internet Tools for Facilitating Inquiry

December 10, 2001

Viable support for inquiry teaching can come in many forms, all of which are aptly dubbed as “pathways to reform” by the National Science Education Standards (NRC, 1996). The reforms called for in the Standards focus on the changes required to ensure excellent inquiry-based K-12 science instruction for all students. Viable pathways to such reforms include a variety of options ranging from content-based plans (e.g., Crawford, 1998; Matthews, 1998), to general process-oriented strategies (Greene, 1998; Huber & Moore, 2001a; Liem, 1987).