Inquiry Learning

Preparing for success in the information environment

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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

Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School

Model by Kuhlthau, Maniotes, and Caspari based on research studies completed by Kuhlthau


Webinars about the model are available on edWeb.net at http://www.edweb.net/LMC

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
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Guided Inquiry provides opportunities to use technology in all phases

Teacher/Librarian Teams are invited to attend a workshop on August 3rd and 4th, 2015 to plan a Guided Inquiry Unit to implement during the 2015-16 school year.


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