Published: Nov. 17, 2018

The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine has published the report "Science and Engineering for Grades 6 - 12: Investigation and Design at the Center (2018)" which includes multiple mentions of the Institute of Cognitive Science research program, Inquiry Hub.

Chapter 4: "How Students Engage with Investigation and Design" prominently features the work of Profs. Tamara Sumner, Jennifer Jacobs, William Penuel, and Katie Van Horne's Inquiry Hub research program. Inquiry Hub's Biology course curriculum's Evolution unit was presented as the primary example of how to integrate three-dimensional science and engineering performances for student engagement.

According to a NAS press release,"Centering science instruction around investigation and design can improve learning in middle and high schools and help students make sense of phenomena in the world around them. Current approaches to science in many classrooms do not reflect this approach and constrain the opportunities afforded to students, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Changing instructional approaches will require significant and sustained work by teachers, administrators, and policy makers, the report says.

“Students learn by doing, and science investigations provide an opportunity to do,” says Brett Moulding, co-chair of the committee that wrote the report and director of the Partnership for Effective Science Teaching and Learning. “Our report provides guidance on how teaching can shift toward investigations in a way that piques students’ curiosity and leads to greater interest in science.”

Inquiry Hub Research + Practice Partnership began in 2008 as a joint research venture between Denver Public Schools and the University of Colorado Boulder. The mission of this partnership is to design, test, and implement tools and strategies for supporting all teachers in developing rigorous and responsive instruction that can help all students achieve at high levels in mathematics and science.