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  Inquiry-based Learning: Explanation
For educators, inquiry implies emphasis on the development of inquiry skills and the nurturing of inquiring attitudes or habits of mind that will enable individuals to continue the quest for knowledge throughout life.
Inquiry is important in the generation and transmission of knowledge.
Inquiry in education should be about a greater understanding of the world in which they live, learn, communicate, and work.
www.thirteen.org /edonline/concept2class/inquiry/index.html   (1431 words)

 The Inquiry Page
Here you can search a growing database of inquiry units, and you can also build your own inquiry units.
Or you can simply find out more about what inquiry and The Inquiry Page are all about.
Based on John Dewey's philosophy that education begins with the curiosity of the learner, we use a spiral path of inquiry: asking questions, investigating solutions, creating new knowledge as we gather information, discussing our discoveries and experiences, and reflecting on our new-found knowledge.
inquiry.uiuc.edu   (168 words)

 Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry Resources:Inquiry Descriptions
Scientific inquiry usually aims primarily at the understanding of general principles that are assumed to have broad explanatory power; at any one time, furthermore, there usually is general agreement within the scientific community about what those principles are (the laws of motion, for example).
Inquiry, to me, means pursuing a question and figuring out the solutions to problems through a process of observation, development of explanations (theories), testing these through experimentation, discussing the outcomes and adjusting theories based on the outcomes.
Inquiry is an approach to learning that involves a process of exploring the natural or material world, that leads to asking questions and making discoveries in the search for new understandings.
www.exploratorium.edu /IFI/resources/inquirydesc.html   (10512 words)

 Inquiry Maps: Parts 1 & 2   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
An inquiry project begins with a question or problem, ideally one which, in the normal course of things, has emerged from a student, and which other students feel is interesting, important to them, and worth taking the time to get answers or solutions.
NIF materials could be a starting point for inquiry maps, particularly if participants were encouraged to write their own points of view and add them to the NIF materials for the next group as articles, letters to the editor, transcripts of their discussions, or results of their own, original research.
Inquiry maps can be: 1) Edited or Unedited An unedited inquiry map might be produced by a group of students for their own use, This might then become a product or the beginning of a product which is edited so that others could use it, too.
www2.wgbh.org /MBCWEIS/LTC/ALRI/I.M.html   (3619 words)

 Incorporating the C.E.L.s and the A.D. - Section 4: Inquiry Learning   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The inductive inquiry is a disciplined way to seek, information as students question why events happen, acquire and process information logically and develop strategies to discover why things are the way they are.
The inductive inquiry is initiated and facilitated by the teacher who is responsible for instructing students on inquiry procedures, selecting and posing the inquiry topic Problem (at least initially) and maintaining the open, supportive climate necessary for students to develop, test and share their hypotheses.
The focus in deductive inquiry is on moving students from a generalized principle to specific instances that may be subsumed logically within the generalization.
www.sasked.gov.sk.ca /docs/policy/incel/section_4.html   (2202 words)

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Inquiry means that teachers design situations so that pupils are caused to employ procedures research scientists use to recognise problems, to ask questions, to apply investigational procedures, and to provide consistent descriptions, predictions, and explanations which are compatible with shared experience of the physical world.
Inquiry Strategy 1: The pupil-centred inquiry model: "free inquiry" An example of this approach is presented very simply by the authors of a Junior High School "text book" prepared by the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study.
Inquiry Strategy 4: The "creating knowledge" model: an entry point for pupil negotiated inquiry Lesson 1 This approach to inquiry teaching shares some features of the "pupil centred model" to the extent that the teacher's role includes motivator, facilitator, and class manager.
www.inform.umd.edu /UMS+State/UMD-Projects/MCTP/Essays/Strategies.txt   (5851 words)

 Hutton Inquiry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A ticket for the public gallery of the Hutton Inquiry (mis-spelt as 'Enquiry').
Lord Hutton launched a further inquiry into how the report came to be leaked.
This second inquiry, carried out by a solicitor, reported on 11 August 2004, but failed to find the source of the leak.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Hutton_Inquiry   (2484 words)

 A Routledge Journal: Inquiry - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy
Inquiry is a refereed journal, publishing in all areas of philosophy.
It has been a significant force in breaking down the distinction between so-called "analytic" and "continental" philosophy; it seeks to connect the history of philosophy with its current practice; it has been a venue for cross-fertilization between philosophy and the social sciences; and it seeks connections between fundamental philosophical issues and contemporary cultural developments.
Under the leadership of a distinguished international editorial board, the journal has created a forum presenting a wide range of material of the highest standard from philosophers across the world, reflecting the best thinking from a variety of philosophical perspectives, in a way that is accessible to all.
www.tandf.co.uk /journals/routledge/0020174x.html   (262 words)

 Appreciative Inquiry with Teams
Appreciative Inquiry is a form of action research that attempts to help groups, organizations and communities create new, generative images for themselves based on an affirmative understanding of their past.
The group’s ability to develop further as a team was stuck because of the competition-cooperation paradox and the appreciative inquiry led to a new image the resolved the paradox for the group.
During an appreciative inquiry into best team experiences one member told the story of working on a charity fund-raising drive with people who had been loaned, full time for 3 months, from their respective companies.
www.gervasebushe.ca /aiteams.htm   (5278 words)

 The Public Inquiry Process   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
An inquiry is initiated when a ‘reference’ is sent by the Treasurer to the Commission.
The terms of reference describe what the inquiry will cover, the reporting date, and whether public inquiries will be held.
Public inquiries give the opportunity for all points of view in the community to be heard and considered.
www.pc.gov.au /commission/inquiryprocess.html   (450 words)

 AI in Org'l Life
Appreciative inquiry is presented here as a mode of action-research that meets the criteria of science as spelled out in generative-theoretical terms.
More than a method or technique, the appreciative mode of inquiry is a way of living with, being with, and directly participating in the varieties of social organization we are compelled to study.
It is an invitation to inquiry that raises the status of theory from mere appendage of scientific method to an actual shaper of society.
www.appreciative-inquiry.org /AI-Life.htm   (9141 words)

 ''ACCESS DENIED'' to Joint Inquiry on 9-11 by Bush Administration - A BuzzFlash Reader Commentary
The Joint Inquiry received assurances from the White House, the Director of Central Intelligence and the heads of the Intelligence Community agencies that its access would be complete and unprecedented and that the agencies would "bend over backwards" and "be forward leaning" in response to requests for information made in the course of the Inquiry.
When the Inquiry later agreed in principle and responded with a revised draft, however, the agencies decided that such an agreement was no longer desirable and returned to their original positions.
The Inquiry took the position that agency monitors would be excluded where an agency employee, or Joint Inquiry personnel, decided that their presence would inhibit the full and frank discussion of any matter.
www.buzzflash.com /contributors/03/07/29_denied.html   (2149 words)

 Advances in Appreciative Inquiry as an Organization Development Intervention
Appreciative inquiry "...refers to both a search for knowledge and a theory of intentional collective action which are designed to help evolve the normative vision and will of a group, organization, or society as a whole" (Cooperrider and Srivastva, 1987, p.159).
Appreciative inquiry, as a method of changing social systems, is an attempt to generate a collective image of a new and better future by exploring the best of what is and has been.
The basic process of appreciative inquiry is to begin with a grounded observation of the "best of what is", then through vision and logic collaboratively articulate "what might be", ensuring the consent of those in the system to "what should be" and collectively experimenting with "what can be".
www.gervasebushe.ca /aiodj.htm   (3789 words)

 FAQs - Where can I find examples of letters of inquiry/intent?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Sample letters of inquiry are usually difficult to find, via print or the Internet, because they are typically very specific to the organization requesting funding as well as the donor's mission, and they work only within that context.
Nonprofit Guides (http://www.npguides.org/guide/inquiry_letter.htm) has a sample letter of inquiry, proposal, proposal cover letter, budget, and other items that may be of use to you.
Keep in mind that sample letters of inquiry are specific to the grantseeker and grantmaker involved.
fdncenter.org /learn/faqs/html/loi.html   (363 words)

 Definition of Inquiry
The disciplines we study in school represent centuries of collective thought as well as the interests of the larger community in maintaining itself by communicating its knowledge and values to the next generation.
"Inquiry is an approach to learning that involves a process of exploring the natural or material world, that leads to asking questions and making discoveries in the search for new understandings."
Inquiry education is where structure meets fluidity, where we can create opportunities for students to be engaged in active learning based on their own questions.
inquiry.uiuc.edu /inquiry/definition.php3   (404 words)

 Inquiry-based teaching and learning   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
With the inquiry method of instruction, students arrive at an understanding of concepts by themselves and the responsibility for learning rests with them.
One of the most important and satisfying outcomes of this method of teaching is seeing the "light of knowledge" ignite in a student's eyes after he or she figures out the solution to a problem.
Inquiry is a way to rejuvenate a student's curiosity about the world, and it may help students to become more open, to take more risks and responsibilities in class, and to be more objective and precise.
pan.tcnj.edu /Carroll/inquiry.htm   (919 words)

 Mellish and Associates - A Case of Appreciative Inquiry in an Australian University
This is a practical account of appreciative inquiry applied to strategic planning to facilitate a large scale amalgamation in a university context.
She was committed to building the new Faculty on the "best of" what existed, she wanted a consultative process so as to provide voice and space for all participants and she wanted a deliverable at the end: a new Faculty Blueprint, to which everyone was committed.
Appreciative inquiry, with its emphasis on exploring what works in organisations provides everyone on the process with opportunities to reflect on those best parts of the past that they want to carry forward as they imagine an ideal future.
www.mellish.com.au /Resources/appinqaustuni.htm   (3433 words)

 Comparative Study of Structured and Inquiry Learning   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
We are three practicing educators who are participating in a curriculum and instruction course investigating inquiry learning.
The sequence of this project was purposely arranged so that two members launched their inquiry with the structured activity.
While the older students, seventh graders, worried little about modeling the teacher, instead were compelled to present interesting, creative, and fun activities for their classmates.
www.mste.uiuc.edu /scied/ci407/BrMcAp.html   (538 words)

 Science Inquiry Model | What Is Science Inquiry?
This booklet explains how inquiry is effective as an instructional approach to science and offers strategies to facilitate students' learning of concepts and skills.
Based on research and interviews with teachers, it addresses the "inquiry continuum" for varying teaching goals; choosing and presenting inquiry topics; discourse and questioning; content and process; teaching resources; and more.
This document identifies and describes, according to science education literature, the essential traits and processes of inquiry.
www.nwrel.org /msec/science_inq/whatisinq.html   (261 words)

 National Science Education Standards
In a full inquiry students begin with a question, design an investigation, gather evidence, formulate an answer to the original question, and communicate the investigative process and results.
The instructional activities of a scientific inquiry should engage students in identifying and shaping an understanding of the question under inquiry.
It is part of scientific inquiry to evaluate the results of scientific investigations, experiments, observations, theoretical models, and the explanations proposed by other scientists.
www.nap.edu /readingroom/books/nses/html/6d.html   (7756 words)

 Inquiry-based Learning and the Web: An epaper   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Generally, a carefully developed list of foundation questions may number between 6 to 10 questions, although the number is directly dependent on the age and skill level of the student, as well as the complexity of the question.
At this point it is important to emphasize that students should write foundation questions as a guide to their inquiry.
In this part of the inquiry process, students develop a search strategy for locating Web information by closely examining foundation questions for keywords.
www.biopoint.com /inquiry/ibr.html   (3182 words)

 FCC Issues Inquiry for its Third Report on Advanced Telecommunications Capability: Notice of Inquiry Seeks Data to ...
The inquiry seeks data that will enable the Commission to measure investment in and deployment of advanced telecommunications capability, and subscription for different technologies, geographic areas and diverse socio-economic groups.
The inquiry seeks comment on the evaluative criteria used to determine whether the deployment of advanced telecommunications capability is reasonable and timely.
The inquiry then seeks comment on the actions the Commission could undertake if it determines that advanced telecommunications capability is not being deployed to all Americans in a reasonable and timely fashion.
www.fcc.gov /Bureaus/Common_Carrier/News_Releases/2001/nrcc0132.html   (509 words)

 Teaching Science through Inquiry. ERIC/CSMEE Digest.
Others have linked inquiry with a discovery approach or with development of process skills associated with "the scientific method." Though these various concepts are interrelated, inquiry-oriented instruction is not synonymous with any of them.
As Novak suggested some time ago (1964), "Inquiry is the [set] of behaviors involved in the struggle of human beings for reasonable explanations of phenomena about which they are curious." So, inquiry involves activity and skills, but the focus is on the active search for knowledge or understanding to satisfy a curiosity.
There is evidence of interactions among investigative approaches to science teaching and teaching styles (Lock, 1990), and the effects of directed inquiry on student performance may vary by level of cognitive development (Germann, 1989).
www.ericdigests.org /1993/inquiry.htm   (1459 words)

 BioTeam iNquiry   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The Apple version of iNquiry is now based on Mac OS X 10.3 'Panther' and supports clusters of G5 workstations.
Apple Mac OS X users can deploy their own iNquiry clusters on Xserve or G5 systems via a unique self-deployment method that uses an Apple iPod as a cluster installation and configuration device.
Our goal with iNquiry is to provide an easy to use and rapidly deployable platform for customers seeking small to midrange life science clusters.
www.bioteam.net /inquiry.html   (743 words)

 Physics by Inquiry
Physics by Inquiry has been designed for courses in which the primary emphasis is on discovering rather than on memorizing and in which teaching is by questioning rather than by telling.
Physics by Inquiry is particularly appropriate for preparing preservice and inservice K-12 teachers to teach science as a process of inquiry.
It has several purposes: to suggest how the materials can be most effectively used with different student populations, to help the instructor anticipate student difficulties, to provide information about the equipment, to describe the demonstrations referred to in the text, and to convey the purpose of unusual exercises and experiments.
www.phys.washington.edu /groups/peg/pbi.html   (884 words)

 Inquiry Process
We are fully aware of the dangerous line we tread when we try to describe a process that is dynamic; and we must stress that any one description is not the only-or the ideal-model.
Our intention is to present some of the important aspects of inquiry that ought to be supported in a successful learning environment.
At this point in the circle of inquiry, learners share their new ideas with others.
www.inquiry.uiuc.edu /inquiry/process.php3   (470 words)

 The Ipperwash Inquiry - Home Page
The Ipperwash Inquiry was established by the Government of Ontario under the Public Inquiries Act.
The Inquiry was also mandated to make recommendations that would avoid violence in similar circumstances in the future.
The Commissioner separated the Inquiry into two phases that ran concurrently: The evidentiary hearings that dealt with the events surrounding the death of Dudley George and the Policy and Research part that dealt with the issues directed to the avoidance of violence in similar circumstances.
www.ipperwashinquiry.ca   (222 words)

 Building Our Stories Together: Discourses of Classroom Inquiry, Section I   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Or, to rephrase this statement for our own concerns, instead of beginning by asking how the social processes of working in a classroom function for the purposes of thematic inquiry, we began by imagining the classroom functioning as more or less a group of individuals engaged in their own inquiries, guided by a common idea.
Developing our story-analysis of inquiry learning as a mediated activity for us has meant reflecting on the mediational means that are part of the classroom system that we have helped to construct.
In attempting to consider the classroom we have studied as a social (activity) system, where inquiry is re-conceived as mediated activity, we have reshaped our interests around three questions/issues that have emerged of key significance.
www.mste.uiuc.edu /scied/ci407/Franklin&Hwang&Leander1.html   (1483 words)

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