Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Inquiry learning in science

About this Illustration of Practice

In a year eight science elective the teacher uses an inquiry model to explore key aspects of what scientists do. Students choose an inquiry question in an area of science that appeals to them. They then conduct their experiment and evaluate their findings in order to develop a presentation to communicate their results and analysis.

Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.3
Use teaching strategies
Career stage
Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
  1. What strategies can you use to connect learning to students' interests?
  2. What strategies can you use to establish links between content covered in class and real-world contexts?
Learning area
Year level
Year 8
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Mount Alvernia College
Year level
Year 8
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
Non Government
School location
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Mount Alvernia College is an independent Catholic secondary school for girls operated by the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. Located in Kedron in Queensland, the school has over 800 enrolments and caters for students of all academic abilities from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.

Content provider
AITSL Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership

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