Model-Based Inquiry

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Model-Based Inquiry (aka Ambitious Science Teaching) is a research-based approach to science teaching developed by the University of Washington. Students work to understand how and why curious science phenomena occur. This approach focuses on eliciting and working with students' ideas over time and prioritizes evidence-based explanations and arguments.

 

What do Model-Based Inquiry (MBI) classrooms look like?

  • Teachers anchoring their instruction in complex and puzzling events and real-world problems
  • Students engaging in multiple rounds of creating and revising models or prototypes, explanations and evidence-based arguments
  • Teachers using a variety of discourse strategies with students to get them to think deeply and to respond to each other’s thinking
  • Students’ ideas being represented publicly and investigated by the class
  • Students determining information or experiences they need to move their thinking forward

Video Guides

Student Work Samples

Diabetic vs. Normal Mddel
Diabetic vs. Normal Mddel
Face Wash Beads
Face Wash Beads
Bacteria-Cut Model
Bacteria-Cut Model

MBI Guides (click each to download PDF)