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Toward Designing and Implementing Socioscientific Inquiry: Scaffolding Students' Inquiry-Based Learning

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This study explores how designing a socio-scientific inquiry (SSI) unit using hard scaffolding tools can better support students’ inquiry-based learning in a science classroom. This case study focuses specific design aspects should be considered when developing and implementing an SSI unit, and how students perceived the SSI unit and the scaffolding tools embedded in the SSI activities. This study has implications for how we understand the student experience of scaffolding in scientific inquiry-based environments, providing recommendations for effectively using hard and soft scaffolding, and suggestions for refining scaffolding design to better support teachers’ inquiry-based instructional efforts.