An Inquiry-Based Approach to Teaching Junior Cycle Science

From Monday the 28th February, the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) and the Centre for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching and Learning (CASTeL) will run a three part workshop entitled "An Inquiry-Based Approach to Teaching Junior Cycle Science" in Dublin City University.

The two hour long workshops (from 7:00pm to 9:00pm) aims to support teachers in their implementation of Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) in Junior Cycle Science. The teaching and learning materials used in this course have been developed as part of the ESTABLISH project, which is coordinated by CASTeL at Dublin City University. Teachers are asked to commit to three evening sessions over a six month period, to implement some changes in how they approach teaching selected Junior Cycle topics, from Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and to share their experiences with the course participants and facilitators. The first session will focus on assisting teachers to understand what is meant by inquiry and IBSE, introduce them to three different topics science with IBSE teaching and learning resources and support teachers in planning for using IBSE student activities and the second session. The dates for the other two sessions have not been finalised as of yet.

To apply for a place email your name, number and school details to Bríd Finn at


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