The 5E Model has long been used as a research-based model for teaching in science classrooms [1]. At its core, the 5E Model promotes a constructivist, inquiry-based learning cycle which encourages students to ask questions, investigate possible solutions, support their personal conclusions with evidence, and continually probe deeper [2]. In social studies, teachers can employ a similar approach by incorporating problem-based learning as the foundation for inquiry. Problem-based learning presents students with a problem for them to solve [3]. In social studies, these problems can be relevant to real-world questions and dilemmas, often with no right answer. What should the rest of the world do about the war in Ukraine? How can we adapt our communities to the ongoing effects of climate change? This poster will present an example of such a problem, outlining how each phase of the 5E Model can be utilized to create engaging inquiries for students to explore and solve.

Author: Seth J. Lickteig

Published in: Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE-2023)

  • Date of Conference: 11-13 April 2023
  • DOI: 10.20533/IICE.2023.0021
  • ISBN: 978-1-913572-51-8
  • Conference Location: Dún Laoghaire, Ireland