Constructing Understanding Through Inquiry


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“Inquiry is a philosophical stance rather than a set of strategies, activities, or a particular teaching method. As such inquiry promotes intentional and thoughtful learning for teachers and children” (Mills and Donnelly, 2001, p. xviii).

Providing sufficient opportunities to explore, engage with, practise, and transfer new learning. In this process teachers ask:
  • What is important, given where my students are at (focusing inquiry)?
  • What strategies (evidence-based) are most likely to help my students learn this?
  • What happened as a result of the teaching and what are the implications for future teaching?

The Constructing Understanding Through Inquiry (Ministry of Saskatchewan) and The Standards for the 21st Century Learner reinforce the immersion of inquiry, critical thinking, digital citizenship, creative communication, collaboration, and networking.

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