"The book covers an important topic, one needed to develop thinkers and children's curiosity for the jobs of the twenty-first century. There are excellent vignettes, stories, and examples from author's viewpoint." -- Arlene Sandberg, ESL Resource Teacher 20070619 "This book does a nice job of going through the inquiry process and showing how to make it purposeful for kids." -- Robert Losee, Teacher 20070619 "A valuable tool for teachers who are willing to step outside the conventional ways of teaching. The vignettes help the reader make real-life connections to the author's purpose and ideas." -- Denise Metiva Hernandez, Teacher 20070619 "Great for reflective thinking by both students and practitioners.There are plenty of examples, stories, and the like." -- Rebecca S. Compton, Professor of Elementary Education 20070619 "Educators need to reclaim teaching for a purpose. This book can definitely be used as professional development in a school looking for change. It will help teachers who are searching for ways to make education meaningful for students and will also help them meet district and state mandates." -- Gail Underwood, Teacher 20070619 "The book's major strengths are the author's conversational style, the reflective questions that involve the reader, and the opportunities at the end of each chapter that encourage next steps." -- Greg Keith, Middle School Academic Coordinator 20070619 "Surveys methods for challenging young learners, inviting them to develop inquiry and critical thinking skills. Chapters outline the inquiry process and discuss its importance in classroom management, surveying successes through real classroom examples perfect for teacher applications." -- The Bookwatch, June 2008 20080715
About the Author
John Barell is Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Teaching at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, and former public school teacher in New York City. For the past several years he has been a consultant for inquiry-based instruction and creation of science/social studies networks at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. For most of his educational career he has worked with schools nationally to foster inquiry, problem-based learning, critical thinking, and reflection. Barell is the author of several books, including Teaching for Thoughtfulness: Strategies to Enhance Intellectual Development (1995, 2nd ed.) and Developing More Curious Minds (2003).