through the Research Investigation Process (RIP®)
Investigation Process (RIP) combines components of critical thinking,
the scientific method, research on learning and motivation, student
characteristics, and the knowledge and scientific expertise of a
research scientist who has 30 years of teaching experience spanning
the K-Graduate student levels.
The RIP has been used in the classroom to teach science, mathematics, and
language arts to elementary students as early as kindergarten, science
to middle school students, and science to high school students from
of the effects of RIP-based professional development on teachers'
efforts to implement scientific inquiry in the classroom indicate
increased teacher ability and confidence to engage students in learning
through inquiry. The impact of the RIP as a scientific inquiry model
on student learning is demonstrated by their products and performances.
Students not only learn through the same processes used by scientists
to learn about the natural world, but also ADD TO KNOWLEDGE in both
science and science education.
RIP® is a critical thinking process and a tool for learning. It can
be used by any teacher in any classroom for successful learning
through scientific inquiry. RIP® science "programs" are
education prgrams that are centered around the type of thinking
and practices that are part of the RIP® process and its learning-effective
characteristics. Schools that develop RIP® programs have a number
of characteristics that differ from those of the more traditional
RIP® program is both innovative and a refreshing approach with new
ways of instruction for teachers. RIP-based inquiry is student-centered,
promoting both student interest in learning standards-based science
content and excitement as students discover new knowledge. Just as
scientists collaborate with a "lead" or principal investigator
("PI") when they engage in inquiry, the RIP encourages
teachers to assume the role as guide throughout the process and
to learn side-by-side with their students.
FOR STUDENT PRODUCTS
- STUDENT PRODUCTS ADDING TO SCIENTIFIC