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AP Chemistry: Transitioning to Inquiry-Based Labs

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. The focus in AP® Chemistry is shifting from content coverage — breadth — toward enduring understandings and scientific reasoning skills — depth. This workshop 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. In addition, they will have an opportunity to plan how they will transition their curriculum and laboratory environment to focus on inquiry. Participants will obtain the ability to confidently create inquiry-based labs for immediate use in their classrooms. The revised AP Chemistry course will go into effect in fall 2013.

Workshop goal

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

Workshop Learning Outcomes:

Participants will:

  • Examine current research and models of inquiry to gain an understanding of differing lab structures.
  • Identify the cognitive processes that students engage in during various laboratory investigations and learn to identify the tasks that enable different levels of inquiry (confirmation, structured, guided or open).
  • Learn how to modify traditional labs to make them inquiry based.
  • Develop strategies for adapting the classroom experience for inquiry.


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. AP Equity and Access Policy
  3. AP Chemistry Big Ideas and Science Practices
  4. Defining Inquiry
  5. The Levels of Inquiry
  6. Models of Inquiry
  7. Modifying Traditional Labs
  8. Modifying the Lab Experience for Inquiry
  9. Assessing Inquiry-Based Labs

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