Inquiry 101: Resources for Scholars

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Section One: The Inquiry Wheel

These Lessons Explain and Discuss a Way of Thinking about Scientific Methods, as applied by enterprising science researchers and practitioners. An ENTERPRISE is a compelling QUESTION we really want to answer or a complex PROBLEM we really want to solve!

Section Two: Resources for Student Enterprises

These lessons around student-selected phenomena of interest demonstrate my own approach to [scientific, educational, literary] research.

My starting point is to EXPLORE the Internet for reputable information and then COLLECT the most useful information (articles, images, websites) in a “ScienZjournal” as a way to document the trail of my research and a way to share my findings easily with others. I think of a ScienZjournal as a collection of thoughts– handwritten, typed, with drawings, charts, pictures– which becomes the raw material which you draw from to create your own well-researched written work, regardless of genre. In my case, my writing is generally [scientific, educational, literary].

So, what you see here is an initial step toward deep research– a LITERATURE REVIEW– an organized collection of relevant articles and related information so that, as a next step, I can write my own knowledgeable thoughts: 1) as a syllabarium, by which I mean, a collection of ten-syllable lines (more about that in another section), and 2) apply the ideas in my other [scientific, educational, literary] work.

A Practical Guide for Scientific Inquiry

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Dr. Shope, the Wandering Scholar Dr. Shope, the Wandering Scholar Author

Mime Artist, Author, Educator. Dr. Shope worked as a Science Educator at JPL for 15 years, earned an Ed.D. at USC, and is currently president & CEO of the World Space Foundation.

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