Learning Exercise

Scientific Inquiry: Question Activity Sheet

This activity sheet accompanies the short podcast found on the educational materials website. Students can stop the podcast and practice developing and self-analyzing their own questions in response to podcast guide on asking robust scientific questions.
Course: General Science Education

This activity set provides students with the opportunity to discuss the processes that underlie scientific inquiry and... see more


Scientific inquiry: learning how to ask the right question In-class worksheet: practice makes perfect. Note: The only wrong answer on this assignment is a blank space. Exercise 1: Art as Science a. What questions come to your mind when you look at this painting? (try to come up with 3 questions) b. Assess your own questions. Are these questions more analytical or self-reflective? Exercise 2: Scientific Images For the following images please think about the following: 1. Do you know what this image represents? 2. What questions come to mind when you look at this image? Exercise 3: Discussion and analysis of question quality. Using questions generated from previous quizzes we will discuss the quality and category of each of these questions Homework Assignment: Practice with Podcasting. Instructions: Listen to the 8 min podcast and answer the following questions. Use the criteria we talked about in class to develop your questions. 1. What is the first scientific question that comes into you mind about this podcast? 2. Does the data support the conclusions? 3. What are the missing pieces that I haven’t told you? 4. Knowing the research objective what should the next experiment be?

Technical Notes

the activity is provided in a MS Word document. Knowledge of using Word is required.


Some exposure to primary science literature, lectures in science


scientific inquiry, self-analysis of scientific questions, creative inquiry

Learning Objectives

To develop and build scientific inquiry skills


Finally what are your thoughts on this exercise? Please indicate to which level you agree with the following statements: 5= Strongly Agree/Yes, Definitely 4= Agree/Yes 3= Neutral/Some 2= Disagree/ Not really 1= Strongly Disagree/Absolutely not This exercise made me better think more carefully about my own ability to ask “good” scientific questions 5 4 3 2 1 This exercise was helpful in building my scientific skills in asking questions 5 4 3 2 1 I feel better able to critically assess scientific presentations. 5 4 3 2 1 I feel more confident about asking scientific questions 5 4 3 2 1 Did this exercise change your perspective about the role that creative processes play in scientific inquiry? 5 4 3 2 1 I thought this exercise and class was a big waste of time (be honest this is anonymous!) 5 4 3 2 1 If you have any other comments please don’t hesitate to tell me. This class is continually evolving so your thoughts and suggestions on how to make this a better experience are appreciated and encouraged.