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Using Inquiry Page


Using Inquiry Page

A library "fosters individual and collaborative inquiry" (Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning, Chicago: ALA, 1998, pp. 58). To help support this goal, along with supporting active learning with technology within our schools, we will be using the Inquiry Page (www.inquiry.uiuc.edu). The Inquiry Page will help us create engaged learning activities using the digital resources we've been exploring. In addition, we'll learn how to use the Inquiry Page as a digital library in its own right.

What is "inquiry-based learning" and why should we use it?

Good question! Inquiry-, problem-, and project-based learning are terms that are often used interchangeably. Let's think of inquiry-based learning as being the underlying, guiding "theory" behind problem- and project-based learning.

"Fun!" may be reason enough, however our own state standards are calling for including more problem-, project-, and inquiry-based learning activities for our students. Why? Because these types of learning approaches allow for deeper problem solving and thinking, encouraging learners to discover relationships between pieces of information. They also support collaborative learning, enhancing student communication skills.

According to the ALA in The Information-powered School (Chicago: ALA, 2001; p. 77) authentic information technology learning experiences are characterized by:
- Disciplined inquiry
- Knowledge construction
- Value beyond school
- Connections to students' personal worlds
- Cooperation and communication

The Inquiry Page is one tool that can help both you-and your students-shape these kinds of learning experiences.

Home | What is the Inquiry page | Becoming a Member | Searching Inquiry Page | Creating Your Own Unit | Other Ways of Creating a Unit | Editing Your Unit | Resources

:: Introduction: Using Inquiry Page
:: What is the Inquiry Page?
:: Becoming an Inquiry Member
:: Searching Inquiry Page
:: Creating Your Own Inquiry Unit
:: Other Ways of Creating a Unit
:: Editing Your Unit
:: Resources

"…something that students do, not what is done to them,"
(National Research Council Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. National Academy Press: Washington, D.C., 2000. p.2).
"…practical inquiry tends to be concrete rather than abstract… It strives as much for wisdom as for knowledge,"
(Mike Atkin, Professor of Education, Stanford University, Stanford CA — Website ).
"Inquiry teaching is putting learners into situations in which they must engage in the intellectual operations that constitute inquiry. It requires learners to make their own meaning out of what they experience… Neither inquiry nor inquiry teaching are easy. But they are productive. And fun!"
(Beyer, Barry K. "The Nature of Inquiry" in Inquiry in the Social Studies Classroom, Columbus, OH: Charles E. Merrill, 1971, p. 6).

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