Scientific Inquiry Study


The Scientific Inquiry study investigates the impact of lecture based learning versus scaffolding and guided learning. This involves 4-6-year-old children and their parents playing with different toys together. We assess the different explanations and questions that parents give during the interaction with their child. The study involves two conditions; the control condition in which the parent is given a scripted information about a gears toy to tell the child, versus the intervention condition in which the parent is given a choice of Science Questions to investigate such as; “What happens when I spin one of the gears?” or “What happens when I switch two gears?” In each condition the parent watches an experimenter do this with the child beforehand. This study was informed by research findings indicating the benefits of guided learning and scaffolding.