Today's guest, Vince Mancuso, Ed.D., has been a middle school science teacher for 20 years. His research focuses on discrepant event phenomena in the science classroom and inquiry-based reform, specifically the development of inquiry-grounded curriculum and effective inquiry practices that enrich traditional classrooms. He developed and shaped Phenomena-Driven Inquiry and the POQIE model through fifteen years of extensive research and field-testing that began with his Master’s work, carried through his doctoral studies, and continued through several years of post-doctoral action research.
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Introduction of Guest Dr. Vince Mancuso, Developer of the POQIE process and an Author of Phenomenon Driven Inquiry
How this Phenomenon Method shifts the delivery and experience of the teacher
The teaching strategy POQIE: Predict, Observe, Question, Investigate, Explain
Students learn best when they experience different learning models in the classroom
Discrepant Event phenomenon— Predict not only what but why.
Why it is important to engage the students at all levels
Students jot down prediction details at all levels
With discrepant events, many questions arise from students as if the experiment was a magic trick
In this method, the teacher then asks what three things the student would change to change the outcome of the experiment
Rather than introducing concepts up front, this method allows students to define the concepts in their own words from their own experiences.
Pulling from their personal experience is a great way to teach students
In science, we want a focused question that will drive the investigation and we get students to come up with a good research question
As a teacher, Dr. Mancuso guides the students but does not tell them what to do
This method allows students to explain the phenomenon for themselves
It is amazing to watch the students have their ¨aha´ moment. They start to make connections on their own.
Elementary students are inherently curious. They are also not as afraid to get messy.
Dr. Mancuso´s book shows the research behind the POQIE model
How there a lot of different ways to group people
In the beginning, the student´s choose their groups, but in the end, the work with student who wants to change the same variables as them.
The Five E Method is invaluable but it is good to use a lot of different approaches
Why it is important to use several different models
Testing different variables and sharing the outcome is how we grow our knowledge base
The POQIE process really engages students in what the real science process looks like
Discrepant events contradict our expectations. It is this surprising discrepancy that makes us inquire further.
3 Key Points:
Using many different teaching methods have been proven to be successful with students.
The teaching of phenomenon driven inquiry is the POQIE method: Predict, Observe, Question, Inquiry, Explain.
The POQIE method hinges on personal experience to allow students to grasp concepts and the real scientific process.