Fostering Inquiry

The Calgary Science School is a charter school in Calgary that does things a little differently. There goal is to get students to think about everything from a scientific perspective. In every subject matter they push understanding the ‘why’ and the ‘how’.

We focus on more than just science education. Rather, we’re trying to embed the disposition of a scientist into everything we do — we want everyone in our community doing research, critically thinking, and collaboratively building knowledge.

As these students progress into post-secondary I can’t help but wonder if they will have an advantage in answering the why and the how of certain subject matter, or if they will have an advantage simply because they have been educated to realize that the ‘why’ and ‘how’ is more important than getting the answer to #1 correct.

What do you do with your students to help foster a sense of inquiry?

Below is a link to an article that talks more in depth about the the Calgary Science School and what they are attempting to do with their students. Although this is not a post-secondary institution, there are some great lessons to be learned from this K-12 instituion.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/inquiry-project-based-learning-action-research-suzie-boss?page=6