Teaching Science: Scientific Literacy and Inquiry

Research Applies to: Science A-Z

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Science A-Z is the specialized product to support science teaching from Learning A-Z. Science A-Z rests on a dual base of scientific literacy and inquiry. Scientific literacy requires exposing students to materials that promote learning fundamental scientific concepts and practices. An inquiry-based approach to science instruction emphasizes problem-based learning, in which students generate and revise theories and draw conclusions based on evidence.


This white paper includes definitions of the following terms, together with descriptions of 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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