Teaching Science: Scientific Literacy and Inquiry

Research Applies to: Science A-Z

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Science A-Z is based on both scientific literacy and inquiry, which requires exposing students to materials that promote fundamental scientific concepts and practices, and emphasizing problem-based learning to encourage students to generate and revise theories and draw conclusions based on evidence. When these two concepts are combined, students can expand their scientific knowledge while developing their research and critical thinking skills, leading to better scientific literacy in the future.


Take a look at this explanation of key terms related to science instruction and how Science A-Z addresses these instructional needs:

  • Scientific literacy
  • Scientific inquiry
  • Science and engineering practices
  • Cross-cutting concepts that span multiple scientific disciplines
  • Domain-specific concepts


Learning A-Z (2019). Teaching science: Scientific literacy and inquiry. Tucson, AZ: Author.

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