“AESN schools link their inquiry specifically to Aboriginal ways of knowing. The ‘Spiral of Inquiry’ provides school teams with the structure for guiding their improvement and innovation work. Participating schools develop a question to address through their inquiry, collaborate with colleagues through regional meetings, and share case studies in a spirit of generosity and curiosity.”
Additional Information: AESN Inquiry Resources
British Columbia Teacher Librarians’ Association “Points of Inquiry”: Inquiry-based learning for Classrooms and School Libraries
- 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 2015: Focus 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
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)
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 cohorts. Education 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.
Murdoch, K. How Do Inquiry Teachers Teach (2014)