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
29 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

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Format Description

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Teaching Standards

3.2.2 Proficient Level – Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
6.3.2 Proficient Level – Engage with colleagues and improve practice

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

This course may contribute towards Elective PD hours. Visit NESA website for more details.

This course contributes to 5.0 professional development hours.


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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 create an inquiry-based program for a specific stage.
Participants share their program online.

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Latest Reviews

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Planning for inquiry learning - Jim Sturgiss

Completing this PD from a Maths perspective was not very beneficial, however there were some good ideas to incorporate into the Science classroom.

Planning for inquiry learning - Jim Sturgiss

I only teach Maths, so it was at times hard to relate it to a Maths investigative task

Planning for inquiry learning - Jim Sturgiss

A specific Maths based inquiry PD would be more beneficial.
Some links to syllabus references, didn’t ‘dial in’ directly to the mentioned content.

Planning for inquiry learning - Jim Sturgiss

This course would be relevant to those who are unfamiliar with the Stage 6 Science courses. The content covered was necessary for those courses.

Planning for inquiry learning - Jim Sturgiss


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Planning for inquiry learning - Jim Sturgiss

It was very informative and helped me understand what inquire based learning was and how to write a program based around inquire learning.

Planning for inquiry learning - Jim Sturgiss

excellent really fantastic

Planning for inquiry learning - Jim Sturgiss

The course was very informative. The 5Es lock-step 5 stage cycle is relevant to programming and I would like to further develop it into my future programming.

Planning for inquiry learning - Jim Sturgiss

Very good, super relevant given the changes going on in Stage 6 and the inevitable Stage 4 and 5 changes. Wish I had have found it earlier. It was a very helpful refresh and reset for me as I had started to rush this area of the job, it’s made me appreciate how important planning/programming can be. - -

Planning for Inquiry Learning - Jim Sturgiss


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)