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3 different theory-based teaching concepts

As a teacher of science curricula, it's good to be familiar with different theory-based teaching concepts. The inquiry-based theory approach starts by asking questions, analyzing scenarios and evaluating problems. A second type of learning comes from activity-based theory, which devises activities that complement students' learning. This second type is a very student-centered approach to instruction and learning. A third type of learning is the learning cycle approach, which tailors instruction to how students learn.

These models and theories are based on three things:

  • Exploration, which provides students with firsthand knowledge, especially in science
  • Concept introduction, which allows students to interact with peers, teachers, texts and materials
  • Concept application, which asks students to forge new knowledge by applying what they have learned

What are the differences between each teaching theory?

  • The learning cycle approach encourages teachers to collaborate and focuses on job-embedded learning.
  • The philosophy of inquiry-based learning is upon constructing new knowledge through a series of interactive questions that explain evidence. It can apply to individuals or groups of students.
  • Activity-based learning is a constantly evolving "hands-on" approach. These activities can come from the environment of the students

Why get a master's in science education?

An online master's in science in education can pay off, both in terms of better job prospects and better pay. Additionally, the self-paced and accelerated nature of online degree programs offer additional benefits, including:

  • Greater self-confidence
  • Greater flexibility
  • Networking opportunities

Three concepts or types of learning, in the science classroom particularly, are the inquiry-based approach, the activity-based approach and the learning cycle. There are many advantages to each of these conceptual methods of teaching and the practice of teaching gained from an online master's degree in science.


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