The aim of this activity is to develop the students’ inquiry competence. In this sense, students in groups, helped by a specific scaffolding tool, need to plan and carry out their own research about air pollution in/around their school.
- Air pollution
- Between 2-5 hours
A specific scaffolding tool to support students in planning and carrying out authentic research has been developed. This tool divides the process of planning and carrying out investigations into four key moments: design, initial prediction, carrying out the experiment and obtaining results, and conclusions. Different driven questions (such as: what do I want to investigate? what do I need for that?…) are included.
Although the scaffolding tool can help students in planning and carrying out their own research, it is essential that the teacher also has an active role in guiding this process. Some examples of good questions and helpful guidance are included as part of the teachers’ resources.