Debbie Herrington (Grand Valley State University, USA), Ellen Yezierski (Miami University, USA)
Target Inquiry (TI) is a 2½ year program for in-service high school chemistry teachers focused on improving inquiry-based instruction. Built on high school teacher and faculty collaboration, TI includes a research experience for teachers, inquiry curriculum development, and action research. The curriculum development experience begins with teachers’ guided exploration of chemistry education research followed by an intensive summer of inquiry activity development, and culminates with classroom implementation of the inquiry activities supported by systematic evaluation through action research. Throughout this experience, teachers and faculty work as colleagues to employ the breadth of content and pedagogical knowledge in the teacher cohort and instructor team as they develop, pilot, revise, and classroom test conceptually rich inquiry-based materials. Classroom observation and interview data show that this experience and the resulting activities have significantly improved TI teachers’ instruction. Teacher publications and presentations highlighting these materials have made them accessible to teachers around the world.