Global competitiveness challenges regarding 21st century workforce skills in STEM-based careers have increased. Strategic interventions for the K-12 educational system are imperative for post-secondary opportunities. This mixed method sequential explanatory, quantitatively dominant study will survey N=300 teachers from urban, suburban and rural RI schools to assess frequency and level of inquiry related to Webb’s depth of knowledge and teacher inquiry self-efficacy. Descriptive and inferential statistics t-test and ANOVA) will be used to analyze the survey responses and teacher demographic data. Three follow-up focus groups will illuminate teacher self-efficacy regarding inquiry. Findings will be of interest to varied stakeholders regarding workforce readiness through 21st century skill proficiency.
Laliberte, Kimberly A., "Inquiry-based Instruction: Cultivating Analytical Habits of Mind" (2013). NERA Conference Proceedings 2013. 21.