006_Phenomena Driven Inquiry with Dr. Vince Mancuso


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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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Show Notes:

  • 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:

  1. Using many different teaching methods have been proven to be successful with students.
  2.  The teaching of phenomenon driven inquiry is the POQIE method: Predict, Observe, Question, Inquiry, Explain.
  3. The POQIE method hinges on personal experience to allow students to grasp concepts and the real scientific process.

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