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Save the Date: INQUIRE comes to Kew

10 April 2013

Register now to attend the 2013 INQUIRE conference 'Raising standards through inquiry: Professional development in the natural environment'.

This 9-10th July, join botanic gardens and natural history museums from all over Europe at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for the INQUIRE conference showcasing the benefits of inquiry-based science education (IBSE) in the natural environment.

With many European botanic gardens being situated in urban areas, they are an ideal outdoor learning site for the delivery of first-hand experiences in IBSE. Boasting an awe-inspiring collection of plants, as well as botanical, ethno-botanical and horticultural knowledge and skills, botanic gardens are an ideal setting for fostering a practical, hands-on and ‘minds-on’ teaching approach, allow pupils to test, discuss and interact with scientific phenomena.

The conference brings together academics and professionals involved in the INQUIRE and other European projects to share their experiences in reviving inquire-based science education under the following themes:
• IBSE outdoors
• Reflective Practice
• Professional Learning Communities
• Evaluation of IBSE
• Students perspectives on IBSE
• Developing training courses in LOtC sites

Conference registration is now open with the full INQUIRE rate of £75 covering conference materials, lunches, refreshments, entrance to Kew Gardens and the conference dinner. The INQUIRE conference dinner will also be a special experience for delegates who will have the opportunity to join one of the Kew the Music Concerts, and enjoy a picnic whilst listening to the iconic Blondie.

Delegates also have the option to register for the post conference tour to Oxford on 11th July which will give them the opportunity to visit the hidden gem that is Oxford’s Botanic Garden alongside with other exciting sights of the ‘city of spires’. 

The full conference programme and abstracts will be available for download in April.

INQUIRE is a three year long, European Union funded project which involves 17 partners in 11 European countries. The partners include 14 botanic gardens, as well as natural history museums, universities and NGOs. Offering a specially designed teacher training programme and extensive resources, INQUIRE provides teachers and educators with everything they need to develop and implement inquiry-based activities both in and outside the classroom. INQUIRE courses and materials focus on two major global topics of the 21st century: biodiversity loss and climate change.

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