Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School


First Advisor

Gary Hannan


Inquiry based learning is an active learning process that engages students in data analysis, critical thinking and questioning. Many educators mistakenly think that science inquiry is either an all or nothing teaching method where they either guide the students through the process or leave it completely up to them. In truth, it can be divided into four different levels depending on the amount of information students are given at the beginning. The higher the inquiry level of an instructional activity the more student centered the activity. The purpose of this research was to determine if there is a relationship between the level of the instructional activities students were exposed to and students' feelings and reactions toward inquiry. It was found that students reacted similarly regardless oft he level of inquiry. Most responses were in a positive light and were varied as compared to the negative comments which were centered on time and effort. Defining