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AP® Chemistry: Transitioning to Inquiry-Based Labs (Online Professional Development)

For new and experienced AP teachers

Workshop description

Inquiry-based labs allow students to engage in science practices that require them to think and act like scientists. This online course will provide AP Chemistry teachers with a means to understand inquiry and its place in the classroom. Participants will analyze how traditional labs differ from inquiry-based labs and investigate a system they can use to modify traditional labs to make them inquiry-based. Participants will develop the ability to confidently create inquiry-based labs that they can immediately use in their classrooms.

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Workshop goal

Participants will learn strategies for modifying traditional labs and incorporating inquiry-based labs into their AP Chemistry Curriculum.

Learning outcomes

After attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Examine current research and models of inquiry and understand differing lab structures.
  • Identify the cognitive processes that students engage in during various laboratory investigations and the tasks that enable different levels of inquiry (confirmation, structured, guided, or open).
  • Modify traditional labs to make them inquiry-based.
  • Implement strategies for adapting the classroom experience for inquiry.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Workshop Introduction
  • Unit 2: Laying the Foundation
  • Unit 3: What is Inquiry?
  • Unit 4: Modifying Traditional Labs
  • Unit 5: Modifying the Lab Experience for Inquiry
  • Unit 6: Workshop Summary and Closing

Course syllabus PDF for AP Chemistry: Transitioning to Inquiry-Based Labs

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