• Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education: The Spiral of Inquiry assists network schools in taking an inquiry-oriented, evidence-based approach to learning and teaching — one that focuses on making the education system more equitable through the provision of high quality learning opportunities for all young people.”

spiralplaybookThe Spiral Playbook: Leading with an inquiring mindset in school systems and schools




This comprehensive K-12 resource includes:
  • Strategies for incorporating Inquiry-Based learning
  • Posters (English and French)
  • Collaborative Planning Sheets
  • Benchmarks by Grade level:
  • K-3 Inquiry-based Reading and Learning Outcomes
  • Grade 4-7 Inquiry-based Reading and Learning Outcomes
  • Grade 8-12 Inquiry-based Reading and Learning Outcomes


Galileo Educational Network 2015Focus on Inquiry

This resource is comprised of six chapters about various aspects of inquiry-based learning. They include:

  • Building a Culture of Inquiry
  • Discipline-Based Inquiry: Making It Work
  • The Importance of Assessment
  • Teaching and Learning in a Discipline-Based Inquiry Classroom
  • Creating A Scholarly Practice
  • Leadership Imperative
  • K-12 Classroom Examples of Inquiry-based Studies

Natural Curiosity

University of Toronto, Natural Curiosity Handbook:  (Available in English and French)

Natural Curiosity is a teacher resource that was launched in 2011. It’s focus is on Environmental Inquiry, and how to bring inquiry-based teaching practices into the classroom. The resource offers elementary school teachers a guide to making both the content and process of learning about the world more engaging and relevant to their students. This is possible when students become personally invested in a collective learning process that is shaped by their very own questions and theories about the world – their natural curiosity – and a process that places them in direct contact and relationship with the natural environment.”

Recommended Professional Development Books: 

  • Comprehension & Collaboration by Harvey and Daniels


  • Dive Into Inquiry by Trevor MacKenzie


More inquiry resources and examples in Trevor’s blog: Trevor MacKenzie

  • Upstanders: How to Engage Middle School Hearts and Minds with Inquiry by Ahmed and Daniels


Elementary Inquiry Example (Arrow Lakes, BC)

Inquiry Resources connected to Literacy (SD 71)

Academic Articles: 

These articles have been recommended by the BCTF to provide guidance for inquiry-based learning with the redesigned curriculum.

Adams, P., and Townsend, D. (2014). From action research to collaborative inquiry: A framework for researchers and practitioners. Education Canada, 54(5), 12–15.

Burden, S., and Gill, D. (2015). Learning together: One school’s success with teacher learning cohortsEducation Canada, 55(1), 8–11.

Donohoo, J. (2013). Why collaborative inquiry?  Collaborative Inquiry for Educators: A Facilitator’s Guide to School Improvement (144 pp.). Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin.

Nelson, T.H., Deuel, A., Slavit, D., and Kennedy, A. (2010). Leading deep conversations in collaborative inquiry groups. The Clearing House, 83(5): 175–179

Schnellert, L., and Butler, D.L. (2014). Collaborative inquiry: Empowering teachers in their professional development. Education Canada, 54(3), 42–44.

Additional Articles:

Murdoch, K. How Do Inquiry Teachers Teach (2014)