Reading #1 "Prospects & Challenges for Inquiry-based learning" - Barron & Darling Hammond. This summary of the research article discusses the advantages of inquiry-based learning as well as the practices required to ensure that it's effective Click here to download
The General Capabilities in the Australian Curriculum elaborate on the skills underpinning the inquiry process and give examples of the skills that should be developed at each stage of learning. Click here to download the info about Creative & Critical Thinking
Readings #2 & 3: Asking Questions: Encouraging students to generate worthwhile questions. is a short article by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana published in Educational Leadership Click here to download
And a second short article, "The Power of Asking the Right Questions" says its important to connect to both what the teacher believes students need to know & what they want to know. Click here to download
Reading #5 NQS "Inquiry-Based Learning" builds on the Early Years Framework and gives a practical example of one term's work - from dinosaurs to aeroplanes. Click here to download
Project Based Learning: What does the research say? This extended research article from Edutopia describes what is needed for effective Project Based Learning.
Planning: What is the focus of our inquiry?
Reading # 6: What kind of thinking do you want to develop? This needs to be planned, explicit and modelled. Great short article by Kath Murdoch. Click here to download
Reading#7: The document, 21st Century Learning Design Work Rubrics, cover collaboration, knowledge construction, self-regulation, real-world problem solving, use of ICT for learning and skilled communication. Click here to download.
Reading #4 The Inquiry Process: "Project-based Learning: An approach to Educating and Inspiring Kids" gives a practical overview of the steps in the inquiry process - pose real questions, find resources, interpret information & report findings. Click here to download