1Inquiry and Technology

Marcia C. Linn University of California, Berkeley

Elizabeth A. Davis University of Michigan

Philip Bell University of Washington

We view science learning as ubiquitous, uncertain, sustained, perplexing, commonplace, visual, inviting, technological, intriguing, logical, controversial, contradictory, frustrating, rewarding, and unrelenting. We worry that current courses, high-stakes testing programs, texts filled with terms, standards packed with topics, tedious assignments, cookbook laboratories, and downtrodden teachers turn science into hostile territory—or worse—an intellectual wasteland. We see students unable to find a way into the excitement of science and instead finding numerous paths out of science.

We offer teachers, ...

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