Inquiry At The Window: Pursuing The Wonders Of Learners by Phyllis WhitinInquiry At The Window: Pursuing The Wonders Of Learners by Phyllis Whitin

Inquiry At The Window: Pursuing The Wonders Of Learners

byPhyllis Whitin, David J. Whitin

Paperback | February 10, 1997

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"[This] book is an appropriate reference for anyone interested in sparking the curiosity of children." - Science and Children

It is a commonplace occurrence: a group of students gathers at the classroom window, watching the activities of birds and sharing their informal observations. But for Phyllis Whitin, her class, and her collaborator, David Whitin, what began as a common event grew into an uncommon journey of shared wonder and discovery.

On one level, "Inquiry at the Window" is the story of an elementary classroom's yearlong study of birds. But it is also the story of children looking closely at their world, raising questions, confronting scientific problems, and becoming empowered by the fruits of their own efforts. It is the story of inquiry itself and an inspiration for any educator concerned with preserving and fueling the innate sense of wonder we all possess.

In order to support their belief that inquiry is a spiraling, interwoven process, the authors do not offer a strictly chronological account of their year. Rather, they start with the premise that firsthand experience must be the beginning point for scientific study. We see students throughout the year sharing observations, interpreting their own scientific data, and constructing tentative theories. We also see them conversing with a community of learners that includes families, members of wildlife societies, and ornithologists--a remarkable process that generates further questions and legitimizes children as scientific thinkers in their own right.

"Inquiry at the Window" leaves the reader not with a prescriptive formula to follow but with a vision of learning that celebrates surprise, thrives on doubt, and honorsmultiple perspectives. It will be a valuable resource for preservice and inservice teachers who want a close look at interdisciplinary learning.

Title:Inquiry At The Window: Pursuing The Wonders Of LearnersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 9.25 × 7.5 × 0.4 inPublished:February 10, 1997Publisher:Pearson Education

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0435071319

ISBN - 13:9780435071318

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?[This] book is an appropriate reference for anyone interested in sparking the curiosity of children.?-Science and Children