The following theories form the research support base for Phenomenal Science Core Principles and Key Instructional Strategies. Thus everything we do in Phenomenal Science is founded on these.
Social Learning Theory - Starting with Vygotsky’s research, this theory supports the idea that students learn within a community. The community includes peers, teachers, other adults, and home and family life as well. Discourse, talk moves, and whole-class processing strategies become critical learning strategies as a result. See the Social Learning Theory Blog for more information.
Inquiry Instructional Model - As an outgrowth of Constructivist Learning and Social Learning Theory, Dewey’s Inquiry Based Learning in the form of Guided Inquiry becomes the backbone of Phenomenal Science units. Each instructional Cycle follows a modified “Five E Approach” as proposed by Bybee. This model helps us ensure that investigations happen prior to asking students to develop concepts and that student concepts have begun forming before we introduce vocabulary or expert voice. See the Inquiry Blog for more information.