WILD RESEARCH: DEVELOPMENT OF INQUIRY-BASED CURRICULUM FOR THE CINCINNATI ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDEN
This paper describes inquiry-based curriculum created for the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden to provide to visiting school groups, grades third through seventh. The curriculum developed includes three different packets, each packet contains a teachers booklet, a student booklet and data sheets. The student booklets include a guided-inquiry in addition to several other supportive materials, and the teacher booklet provides preparatory and follow-up ideas for teachers. Each packet focuses on a different theme: Plants, Primates or Adaptations. Because the process used to develop this curriculum goes beyond the norm by including teachers, the steps taken to create the inquiry-based packets will also be described. An Editorial Review Board was created, consisting of 24 formal and informal educators, and served to provide feedback in creating the curriculum. The packets were pilot tested, and are being printed by the Cincinnati Zoo.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:inquiry based learning informal education curriculum science zoo
Date of Publication:01/01/2006