Planning for inquiry learning

Jim Sturgiss
Aligning practice for better outcomes.
Programming! Project management for teaching & learning! Use the 5E model to create engaging, challenging & rewarding lesson sequences to fulfil the inquiry-based scie...
Target Audience
Science teachers Years 3 - 12
17 reviews

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Learn to design teaching/learning programs that engage and empower students through inquiry-based learning.
Presented is programming through the 5Es inquiry based pedagogy developed by Roger Bybee. It is fundamentally based on the developmental constructivist ideas of Piaget and Vygotsky, but has direct antecedents in the work of Australians Peter Fensham, Roger Osbourne and Dick Gunstone, and in the UK the work of Rosalind Driver.
A striking aspect of the model is the integration of assessment in all its forms as a driver of learning.


Science teachers Years 3 – 12

Available Delivery Formats

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of Face to Face in Australia (NSW) at this time.


Investigations in the Science syllabus

1 hour

Participants will explore the inquiry nature of the new science syllabuses.
The working Scientifically outcomes will be unpacked.
The emphasis of working scientifically in assessment is analysed.

A model program for inquiry

1 hour

A model program is unpacked to demonstrate:
Syllabus validity
Concept development through inquiry
Assessment integration

Program development

3 hours

Participants collaborate to create an inquiry-based program for a specific stage
Presenter mentors participants in the development of their program
Programs are collaboratively developed on Google docs and shared on a common moodle.

What To Bring

Wifi enabled laptop

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Latest Reviews

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Planning for inquiry learning

Wonderful content. Very grateful for the time afforded to putting what we had learned in the am session into practice in the pm section of the day

Planning for inquiry learning
by Nicholas wilks on 08/01/2019

Great presenter!

Planning for inquiry learning
by helen sharkey on 08/01/2019

5 E’s concept was great! Hyperlinks in programs was also great.

Planning for inquiry learning
by Amanda Ghorra on 08/01/2019

Jim was very thorough and presentation material was relevant. Some great examples used which I can use

Planning for inquiry learning

Very knowledgeable presenter

Planning for inquiry learning

Great to get insight to Inquiry based syllabus and planning

Planning for inquiry learning
Planning for inquiry learning

It gave a better understanding of how to plan for inquiry learning with overdoing it with paperwork. Good use of ICTA to help present the course.

Planning for inquiry learning
by Katrina Avery on 03/07/2018

Jim had a lot of interesting knowledge he could share with us. He made extra effort to look at the syllabus with me.

Planning for inquiry learning
by Julie Worrad on 03/07/2018

Great ideas to take back to school and implement – particularly program content.

Planning for inquiry learning
by Kai Connell on 19/03/2018

Well delivered. Clear, concise and practical examples given. I have left with an enhanced understanding of how to apply the syllabus in my programming.

Planning for inquiry learning

Very applicable.

Planning for inquiry learning
by Vinita Nadan on 19/03/2018

Well timed.

Planning for inquiry learning

The course was well presented. Learning T6 5e’s and how to embed it into our programs was good.

Planning for inquiry learning
by Vicki Dodson on 19/03/2018

Excellent linking to syllabus. Good course materials. Helpful feedback provided by instructor.

Planning for inquiry learning

Excellent. Very helpful. Loved that we looked at working scientifically as it is often overlooked.

About the team

Jim Sturgiss


Improving outcomes through aligned teaching practice synergies.

Jim is an educational researcher and independent educational consultant. A recipient of the NSW PTC Distinguished Service Award for leadership in delivering targeted professional learning to teachers, he works with schools to align assessment, reporting and learning practice. He has been a DoE Senior Assessment Advisor where he developed many statewide assessments, (ESSA, SNAP, ELLA, BST) and as Coordinator: Analytics where he developed reports to schools for statewide assessments and NAPLAN.

Selected NSW Department of Education and Communities appointments
2015                            Analytics, Systems and Development Coordinator 
2012 – 2013                School Assessment Design and Development Acting Coordinator (ESSA)
2007 – 2010                Head Teacher Science, Newtown High School of Performing Arts
2004 – 2005                Senior Assessment Officer, Computer Skills Assessment (CSA6)
2004                            Test Development Officer, Secondary Numeracy Assessment Program (SNAP)
2000 – 2004                Head Teacher Science, Concord High School 
1998 – 2000                Senior Assessment Officer, English Language and Literacy Assessment (ELLA)

Teaching Qualifications
1993 – 1997                M.Ed. (Hons) University of New England (Thesis: Literacy & learning in Science) 
1979                            Dip. Ed. University of Wollongong
1976 – 1978                B.Sc. University of Wollongong (Majors in Chemistry and Bioenergetics)