Guided Discovery Problems

published Sep 15, 2009 3:23pm

A new set of web pages about teaching with Guided Discovery Problems offers a wealth of information on using this teaching method, along with several detailed examples ready to use in the classroom.

The thrill of discovery is one of the most enjoyable aspects of doing science. Through intriguing puzzles to solve, structured hands-on activities, carefully worded leading questions, crucial hints, and just-in-time presentations of information, guided discovery problems escort students step-by-step through the discovery process, giving them a taste of this part of science. In addition, well-designed guided discovery problems are strongly aligned with research findings on how students learn science.