Sunday, February 17, 2013

Responses to David Klahr’s Criticism of Inquiry Science

Some blog might be interested in a recent post “Responses to David Klahr’s Criticism of Inquiry Science” [Hake (2013)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: David Klahr’s (2012) APS News back-page essay “Inquiry Science rocks: Or does it?” at initiated two long threads on the PhysLrnR list: (a) “Klahr in Dec. APSNEWS” at, and (b) “Klahr In APS” at [respectively 51 and 67 posts as of 17 Feb 2013; to gain access you may need to obtain a password by clicking on “Log in required” and then typing your email address into a slot].

Unfortunately, none of these posts addressed Joe Bellina’s lead question at “HAS ANYONE THOUGHT OF RESPONDING?” [My CAPS.]

Thus far the only response in APS News to Klahr (2012) is a letter in the Feb 2013 issue “Criticism of Inquiry-based Learning Strikes Home” at from physicist Robert Ehrlich (2013)], which supports Klahr's criticism of Inquiry Science. Ehrlich is an inveterate Physics Education Research (PER) basher - see e.g., my response to his careless commentary in “Comment on ‘How do we know if we are doing a good job in physics teaching’ by Robert Ehrlich” [Hake (2002)] at

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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Hake, R.R. 2013. “Responses to David Klahr’s Criticism of Inquiry Science,” online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at Post of 17 Feb 2013 16:13:16-0800 to AERA-L and Net-Gold. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

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