Sep 10-Dec 07, 2012
Credit: 2 graduate
Tuition & Fees: $626.70
Instructor(s): John Graves

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Course Description

This course takes a practitioner's look at the "art" of inquiry instruction in the middle and high school science classroom. Using many of the current pedagogical approaches of instruction including constructivism, misconceptions, models of inquiry instruction, the learning cycle, reflective practice, conceptual change theory and others, students in this course will critically examine their current instructional practice and together craft new approaches to teaching inquiry in the science classroom. Course assignments include readings, reflections on classroom discussions and content, evaluation of inquiry research by MSSE graduate candidates and the presentation of an inquiry-based mini-lesson. Students in the course can expect a highly active, fully engaging, professionally stimulating class session each week.

Meeting Place and Times

Teachers log into the course at a time of day that best fits their schedule. It is necessary to connect at least 4 - 6 times per week and spend 6 - 9 hours each week while the course is in session, either online or offline, working on course related assignments, to stay current and successfully complete this 2 credit graduate course.


John Graves, EdD. Intercollege Programs for Science Education, Montana State University. John has over 35 years of experience with middle school and university instruction. He has a passion for helping teachers remain current with best practices in science education.


Two or more years of teaching experience.

Target Audience

Middle and high school science teachers.

Time Commitment:

6-9 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

 Program Fee $87.00
 Computer Fee$6.70
 Distributed Learning Fee$0.00

A $30 registration fee is also charged once per semester.

The costs above assume that you are taking only MSU Extended University courses during the semester that the course is offered. If you also registered for courses through the MSU Registrar, the regular MSU fee structure may apply.

A $40 late fee will be assessed if payment is not posted to your account by 3 pm (Mountain Time) of the course start date (or the business day before if the course starts on a weekend or a holiday).

To learn more about tuition and fees, please see the University Business Services' Student Accounts Web page.

Required Books/Materials

  • Choose one of the following books:
  • Teaching High School Science Through Inquiry, Sage, ISBN 9780761939382
  • INQUIRE WITHIN: Implementing Inquiry-based in Science Standards in Grades 3-8, by Llewellyn, 2nd '07 edition, Sage,
    ISBN 9781412937566

You can order the appropriate text through the Montana State University Bookstore at 1-888-247-2546. Ask to speak with the Textbook Department. It will expedite your order if you tell the sales representative:

  • the course number & title (EDCI 591: Teaching Inquiry in the Science Classroom);
  • the title of the text;
  • the ISBN number;
  • and that the course is offered through Extended University.
The texts may also be available from other sources.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

This course uses a learning management system. You will learn more closer to the course start date.

For More Information

Contact Diana Paterson at or 406-994-5679.

How to Register

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