" Science is more than a body of knowledge;
it is a way of looking at the world and ordering one's experiences."
. . .learning that involves a process of exploring the natural or material world, and that leads to asking questions, making discoveries, and rigorously testing those discoveries in the search for new understanding. Inquiry, as it relates to science education, should mirror as closely as possible the enterprise of doing real science.
Inquiry often involves hands-on and interactive activities. However, not all hands-on activities are necessarily "inquiry-based." An essential element of inquiry in science education is a focus on the following process skills:
Both process and content are critical, and the educators' goal is to find balance, allowing students to learn and practice process in a meaningful manner which develops conceptual understanding and content knowledge. An overemphasis on either content or process is not beneficial to student achievment.