Constructing extended inquiry projects: Curriculum materials for science education reform

Jon Singer, Ronald W. Marx, Joseph Krajcik, Juanita Clay Chambers

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We describe a set of design principles that, when used to create standards-based curriculum materials, could engage students in inquiry, make use of new learning technologies, and promote student learning. These design principles are derived from 4 salient features fundamental to social constructivism: active construction, situated cognition, community, and discourse. Expanding on this foundation, examples are provided for how the design principles are evinced in an actual project. We conclude with a description of challenges associated with the enactment of our curriculum materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-178
Number of pages14
JournalEducational Psychologist
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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