Each FOSS investigation follows a similar design to provide multiple exposures to science concepts. The design includes these pedagogies.
In practice, these components are seamlessly integrated into a continuum designed to maximize every student’s opportunity to learn. An instructional sequence may move from one pedagogy to another and back again to ensure adequate coverage of a concept.Active Investigation
Active investigation is a master pedagogy. Embedded within active learning are a number of pedagogical elements and practices that keep active investigation vigorous and productive.
Context: questioning and planning. Active investigation requires focus. The context of an inquiry can be established with a focus question or challenge from you or in some cases, from students. At other times, students are asked to plan a method for investigation. This might start with a teacher demonstration or presentation. Then you challenge students to plan an investigation. In either case, the field available for thought and interaction is focused. This clarification of context and purpose results in a more productive investigation.