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The DRiVe Inquiry Framework

Erica Alexander
Richard Pardo
Susan Lindsay
Carol Rees
Published In
Alberta Science Education Journal
Published Date
September 2018
Grade Level
Middle School
Subject Area



This article describes the DRiVe (demonstrate, replicate, investigate, variate, evaluate) Inquiry Frame-work, which provides teachers with specific detailed strategies and graphic organizers to support them in developing their science inquiry practices and in shift-ing to more open-ended science inquiry. Designed by teachers for teachers, the DRiVe Inquiry Framework has been implemented extensively in classrooms acrossCanada. This article takes readers through the details of using the framework in a Grade 7/8 combined class in which students tested pop bottle water filters. The part of the activity this article focuses on used the following science practices: asking questions; planning and carrying out investigations; analyzing and interpreting data; using mathematics and computational thinking; constructing explanations; engaging in argument from evidence; and obtaining, evaluating and communicating information.

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