Breakout sessions A & B:
Process oriented guided inquiry learning

Breakout sessions A & B:
Process oriented guided inquiry learning

Saturday, October 11, 2003
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
1:30 - 3:00 pm

Presenter:
Richard S. Moog, Professor, Department of Chemistry- Franklin and Marshall College

Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) is a learning environment in which students are actively engaged in mastering a discipline and in developing essential skills by working in self-managed teams on guided inquiry activities. This environment promotes the simultaneous learning of both discipline content and key process skills such as the ability to think critically and analytically, to solve problems, to work effectively as part of a team, and to communicate effectively.

A POGIL classroom or laboratory consists of any number of students working in small groups on specially designed guided-inquiry materials. These materials supply students with data, a model, or information followed by leading questions designed to guide them toward formulation of their own valid conclusions. The instructor serves as facilitator, observing and periodically addressing individual and classroom-wide needs.

POGIL is based on research indicating that (a) teaching by telling is not the most effective instructional mode for most students, (b) students who are part of an interactive community are more likely to be successful, and (c) knowledge is personal; students develop greater ownership over (and understanding of) the material when they are given an opportunity to construct their own understanding.

This workshop will include an introduction to the principles of this approach, a POGIL classroom experience, and discussion of assessment data on the effectiveness of POGIL in a variety of settings.