Preparing for success in the information environment
What is inquiry learning?
Inquiry learning is a student-centered instructional approach that encourages learners to formulate questions and utilize rich, authentic materials for investigation. Collaboration, discussion, and reflection are vital components of knowledge creation in inquiry-based classrooms and creativity is expressed through the development of projects and performances. In inquiry-based learning environments, students are empowered to direct and control their own learning as much as possible.
Inquiry Process Models
The Big Six Model
T4L Together For Learning Model
Guided Inquiry Design Highlights
- Teachers and Librarians form Inquiry Teams to plan and supervise units of study
- Students are grouped into Inquiry Circles and are taught how to use Inquiry Tools
- Students progress through 8 stages of Guided Inquiry
- Scaffolding is provided at critical points in the process with a gradual release of responsibility as students gain experience