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Maine Center for Research in STEM Education

Biennial Conference 2005

No Question Left Behind:
Bringing Guided-Inquiry Curricula into Science and Mathematics Classrooms

A one-and-a-half-day workshop
for middle- and high-school science and math teachers
(stipends available for in-service teachers)

Sponsored by the University of Maine Center for Science and Mathematics Education Research and The Jackson Laboratory, with support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Balfour Foundation

Dates: 8:00 Monday, June 20 – 1:30 Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Location: MBNA Conference Facility in Northport, ME


This workshop explored ways to give students the opportunity to develop their own evidence-based understandingof science and math concepts by researching and solving content-rich problems. Drawing from examples in physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology, and Earth sciences, presentations focused on

  • using research in the classroom to identify what students know, and how they learn
  • using that information to develop guided inquiry instruction for students


Additional sessions delved intoUse of technology in teaching inquiry

  • Strategies for guiding students through inquiry
  • Strategies for creating a classroom culture that facilitates inquiry
  • Assessing student learning

The workshop was open to 60 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. At least 45 spaces were held for in-service and pre-service teachers. In-service teachers from the State of Maine received a $200 stipend for attending the entire workshop. The workshop was free of charge to participants and included accommodations for Monday night and all meals.


Presenters included:

  • Dr. Fred Goldberg, San Diego State University, Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education
  • Mary Finnemore and John Sterling, Chemistry teachers, Skowhegan Area High School
  • Dr. Michelle Stephan, Lawton Chiles Middle School and The University of Central Florida
  • Dr. Joseph Polman, University of Missouri – St Louis, E. Desmond Lee Technology and Learning Center

and faculty and graduate students from the University of Maine Master of Science Teaching Program.