Reflective Questionnaire 2 – How Things Have Changed

1. Take some time to think about your topic. Now write down what you know about it.

  • I have found out that the term inquiry-based learning has many synonyms – from guided inquiry, research based learning, project based learning, problem based learning and discovery learning to scientific method
  • Inquiry learning is based on the learning theory of constructivism where students build knowledge on what they already know by researching
  • Information literacy is embedded in inquiry learning
  • My eyes are open to the many and varied information literacy and inquiry models available. I love and am now modeling lessons around both the inquiry process and inquiry cycle models of inquiry as well as using the information process model of information literacy as a framework for students to engage and monitor where they are in the research process
  • All inquiry models are similar in that there are 6-7 steps involved in the process
  • Kuhlthau’s ISP model is the only model that includes feelings and is often an approach that is not used by teachers in the classroom
  • I am now observing, throughout the ISP, whether or not students themselves are questioning or whether teachers are giving students the questions to ask. Awareness of the various questioning frameworks has assisted me in making sure that the students are involved in making their own decisions and problem solving
  • Expert searching is the key to finding relevant, reliable and recent resources (the 4R’s). Using Boolean operators, quotation marks and synonyms are all essential strategies to use to produce the 4R’s
  • The GEST windows, as an information literacy model, helped explain the levels of inquiry based learning more clearly. My aim is for my students to move from the Generic window to as close to the Transformative window as possible by the end of the year

2. How interested are you in this topic? A great deal

3. How much do you know about this topic? Quite a bit

4. Thinking of your research so far – what did you find easy to do? Please mention as many things as you like.

  • Using Boolean operators and other key terms in a search box
  • Using the advanced search box
  • Using dates to find more recent articles
  • Using Google, Google Scholar and A+ Education
  • Finding relevant resources on inquiry-based learning
  • Evaluating a website or source by using the ‘about us’ tab, related articles and/or citations
  • Creating a list of references from each database at the same time the sources are found

5. Thinking of your research so far – what did you find difficult to do? Please mention as many things as you like.

  • Using ProQuest and ERIC
  • Knowing which of the key word synonyms are the most effective to use as search terms
  • Time management during searching. I got easily distracted and went off on a tangent when searching certain databases, especially Google
  • Narrowing my search was difficult at times, in particular for middle school/upper primary (Year 5-7)
  • Uploading the screen cast
  • Higher order processes (especially synthesizing and analysing), organising ideas and rewording

6. How do you feel about your research so far?  Confused – I don’t really know what I’m looking for

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