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Curriculum Issues: Inquiry

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Eldon L. Katter (katter)
Mon, 7 Apr 1997 10:34:20 -0400 (EDT)

I've seen several definitions of inquiry-based instruction. It's like
DBAE; now we will spend five years defining the term, only to find that
what we thought we were doing was not what we were really doing or suppossed
to be doing and now have to learn new approaches because the definition
has been changed but nobody knows to what. And so in that context, I can
only say that I THINK I use an inquiry approach that is based on what I
THINK is a workable definition -- "meaningful involvement". This includes
hands on involvement, exploring and delving into data, seeing the
relevance and payoff of learning, being active in learning, possessing
the means and processes for interacting with the environment both inside
and outside the school. Questions are central to meaningful involvement
in learning. Teachers need to be effective exemplars of good questioners
so that students can plan their own questions and strategies, carry out
thier plans, and assess their own effectiveness in utilizing these
strategies. In a nutshell, that's my belief. Does it work? Yes.
Wehre do you do for help? Well, in addition to the bibliography Mary
Erickson provided in her Seminar posting, I'll add some oldies:
Hunkins, Francis P. (1976). Involving Students in Questioning.
Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Wilen, William. Editor (1987). Questions, Questioning Techniques,
and Effective Teaching. Washington, DC: National Education Association.

also Karen Hamblem had at least one article on construction questions for
art dialogues in the NAEA journal - Art Education, perhaps ten years ago,
but it's valuable reading.

Also I recommend the new NAEA publication by Elizabeth Delacruz --
Instruction: Design for Inquiry (1997) -- order from National Art
Education Association, 1916 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191.

I want to say more on this topic, but I've been told it's best to keep
messages short. I'll be back later.


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