Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE)

Where did it come from?

The logical flow of the approach and class organization (collaboratively working on observational experiments, patterns, explanations, devising of testing experiments, predictions, comparing the outcomes to the predictions, revising and applying) as well as the focus on student well-being (encouraging students to improve their work without punishment, not asking for predictions of the observational experiments, etc.) came from Eugenia Etkina’s work with high school physics. The multiple representations approach (using graphical representations as bridges between words and algebra/calculus) came from the work of Alan Van Heuvelen. Both aspects of the approach are based on the history and epistemology of science and brain studies.