INS6014: Principles of Science As Inquiry

  • Inquiry-based instruction has been defined in a variety of ways, but fundamentally, inquiry is defined as a set of abilities that enable learners to learn science the way scientists do science. Amidst the varied discourses of science as inquiry in science education community, there is still no clear picture of how science as inquiry can be carried out. This course offers participants the various theoretical arguments relating to science as inquiry. These theoretical arguments will be applied to examine and critique interactions that happen in science classrooms so as to surface the nuances and complexities of science as inquiry in reality.

  • At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:

    • Draw on current ideas and research literature of science as inquiry to support and enhance their pedagogical decision making in the science classroom.
    • Analyse the affordances of science as inquiry classrooms.
    • Examine and critique classroom practices of science as inquiry using current theoretical frameworks for inquiry.
    • Draw connections between the use of science as inquiry and other forms of science instructions.
    • Understand the tensions, dilemmas and complexities involved in science as inquiry.
    • Theoretical basis of science as inquiry
    • Theoretical paradigms of learning as it is applied to studying science as inquiry and consolidation
    • Issues with science as inquiry
    • Science education and science as inquiry in Singapore
    • Issues with science as inquiry in Singapore classrooms
    • Sociopolitical and sociocultural influences of science as inquiry: Is science as inquiry apolitical? Feminist perspective of science as inquiry?
    • Science as Inquiry: Comparing with others
    • A good Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university
    • A teaching qualification such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore

      at least ONE year of relevant working experience in education.
    • Field Experience in science education and took science course at undergraduate level
  • Primary, Secondary School and JC Teachers

  • Date: 15 January – 20 April 2018 (Mondays)
    Time: 6.00pm to 9.00pm (39hours)
    Venue: Academy of Singapore Teachers

    *Note: NIE reserves the right to change or cancel the course due to unforeseen circumstances

    • MOE Participants - $418.30 (incl. 7% GST & $1 Copyright Fee).
    • Non MOE Participants - $3,130.75 (incl. 7% GST & $1 Copyright Fee)
  • 18 December 2017

    Applicants will be notified of the results of their applications via e-mail.

  • Please read the instructions below carefully before completing the application form.   

    Upon confirmation, payment is required for all courses. Payment should only be made after the course placement letter has been sent to participants to confirm the application. Cancellations/withdrawals are not allowed. However, a replacement may be sent to attend the same course. 

    Payment through GIRO/IFAAS

    NIE will proceed to invoice the respective schools, and they can  make payment through GIRO or IFAAS. The amount payable should be credited into the NIE bank account number 518-041272-001.

    Payment by Cheque

    Please submit the cheque together with the application form. Cheque should be made payable to “National Institute of Education” and participant(s)’ name and course(s) clearly indicated on the reverse of the cheque.

    Please mail to: 
    National Institute of Education
    Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning
    1 Nanyang Walk, Singapore 637616
    Attn: Ms Nadia Kamal


    NIE will acknowledge receipt of the application form through email within one week. The course placement letter will be emailed to applicants who have been successfully placed in a course and upon course confirmation.


    Please note that NIE reserves the right to replace an instructor for a course if the lecturer is unable to teach the course due to unforeseen circumstances. No refund of the course fee will be made to participants.

  • E-Register

    *All information will be kept confidential and used for internal administration only.

  • Ms Nadia Kamal
    Tel: 6790 3787
    (for enquiries on course administration)