13. Minimizing Resistance to Inquiry
Abstract: Establishing and maintaining a classroom atmosphere conducive to student learning should be a goal for all teachers. As science teachers shift from traditional didactic forms of instruction to inquiry-oriented learning, they sometimes encounter resistance from students, parents, administrators, and even teaching colleagues. In advance of and following changes in classroom pedagogy, it is imperative that teachers properly consider and take actions to set and maintain an appropriate atmosphere. Teachers must also be prepared to react to negative external influences that might surface. The author describes several forms of resistance, and offers techniques of climate setting that, if used properly, can alleviate concerns and help create classroom, school, and community atmospheres conducive to student learning via inquiry.