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Inquiry-based learning: Facilitating authentic learning experiences in science and mathematics

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This conference, which took place in DCU on 16th & 17th September 2010, is the fourth in a series of biennial international Science and Mathematics Education Conferences (SMEC) to be hosted by the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning (CASTeL) of Dublin City University and St. Patrick's College, Drumcondra, Dublin

Inquiry-based learning has been chosen as the theme for this year's conferences as this inductive method for teaching and learning has been shown to engage and stimulate students to continue to learn and pursue careers in areas of science and mathematics. Inductive teaching methods come in many forms, including discovery learning, inquiry-based learning, problem-based learning, project-based learning, case-based learning and just-in-time teaching, as described in full in the following publication (Michael Prince and Felder, 2007)
Reference: MICHAEL PRINCE & FELDER, R. (2007) The Many Faces of Inductive Teaching and Learning. Journal of College Science Teaching, 36.  

Conference Themes

This conference is aimed at all parties involved in the teaching and learning of science and mathematics and will look to address the issues, concerns and experiences of inquiry-based learning, such as:

  • Breadth versus depth in science and mathematics curricula
  • Attitudes and perceptions of inquiry-based learning
  • Implications for teacher education; pre-service & in-service
  • Inquiry for teachers - challenges and rewards of implementation
  • Inquiry as a means versus inquiry as an outcome
  • Assessment of inquiry

Conference Highlights

Please review our conference schedule for details of our plenary speakers and contributions (including oral presentations, workshops or poster presentations).

A copy of the SMEC 2010 conference proceedings can be downloaded here