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Inquiry-based science learning

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Inquiry-based learning has great educational potential. Students explore their world, learning the facts, concepts and skills of science as they proceed - they are motivated and empowered.
The STEM faculty is working with the OU’s Institute of Educational Technology (IET) on a number of science inquiry projects, most specifically through the Open Science Laboratory initiative led by the cross-faculty eSTEeM centre. This centre is based in the STEM faculty. We have long cooperated in developing citizen science projects, notably iSpot (see below). We intend to link citizen science and science inquiry in this research opportunity.

Qualifications available:



For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

2.1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

We welcome enquiries from prospective students on:

  • Designs, challenges and opportunities involved in extending citizen science to include inquiry-based science exploration.

Current/recent research projects

  • Helping citizen scientists read and write like scientists: learning analytics and authentic inquiry
  • Open inquiry learning in citizen science

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Administrative support
+44 (0)1908 655114

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under 'Your Questions' on the right of the page.