Breaking down inquiry into its components and introducing them to teachers progressively as a series of small adaptations
PLATON introduces an alternative training method for teachers, which focuses not only on introducing inquiry as a whole but, most importantly, on breaking down inquiry into its components and introducing them to teachers progressively as a series of small adaptations. The ‘Inquiry under the microscope’ toolkit includes all the necessary tools and materials for introducing to teachers the inquiry learning approach through a methodology that allows the progressive and on-going integration of inquiry components in the science class. This methodology will allow teachers to start by rethinking their way of teaching and the way they collaborate with other teachers, and then, continue with making alterations by adding inquiry components gradually, one after the other, into their teaching style. Moreover, this will enable teachers to progressively shift from a teacher-centred approach to an inquiry learning approach, more smoothly, namely through a series of meaningful and small adaptations that, overall, constitute the foundations needed for implementing inquiry into everyday classroom settings.