Hi to fellow GI fans,
Just letting you know that I’ve been updating the GI Oz community, with some new GIs from Broughton College, and also from my students at Charles Sturt University. It’s just coming to that time in the term where students need to get their heads around planning an inquiry unit, and to that end, and just because it needs it, I’ve spent some time updating.
- A unit on Ancient China for Year 8 History from Dr Lynne Vey, who was a student of ETL401 at CSU last session
- A unit on Rights and Freedoms from Alinda Sheerman of Broughton College, for Year 10 History
- A report on the research that Dr Kasey Garrison and I have been carrying out over the last four years. It’s linked to a new page in GI Theory, called Australian GI research.
Kasey and I are just about to start a new research project at Broughton, which replicates what we did in our 2015/2016 research at Loreto Kirribilli, thus contributing to a body of research on Guided Inquiry in Australia, carried out under the auspices of CSU.
Go have a look! It would be really good to get comments from our 100 subscribers, as well as any questions, units of work, scaffolds you might like to contribute.
A long silence from me, as I’ve been working with many Tls in training at CSU. This is a little break between sessions, and I’m working on a book on Guided Inquiry. I wanted to tell you about one of the most exciting developments in the theory and practice of GI presented in the 2015 version of Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century (Kuhlthau, Maniotes & Caspari). This is the Information Literacy Curriculum elaborated on in chapter 7 of the book. It focuses on three central concepts:
- Information that is organised provides access to facts, ideas and multiple perspectives
- Valuable information prompts curiosity, reflection and enlightenment
- Thoughtfully interpreting information over times leads to deep learning.
These concepts are elaborated to define, in a condensed way, the information literacy skills needed to locate, evaluate and use information, to present a comprehensive view of the skills required at each stage of a GI. Its significance lies in its simple iteration of GI skills (very useful in explaining GI to novice teachers), and in the fact that it can be used by planning teams in primary and secondary schools to create a scope and sequence plan for the gradual implementation of GI across the school.
Challenges to GI include the difficulties of collaboration between TLs and teachers who are struggling with a content-heavy curriculum, and the impossibility of covering the whole school population with GIs – after all, there’s only so much one or two TLs can do – which means that coverage of GI skills are piecemeal. This simple but condensed information literacy curriculum can form the basis of a whole school approach to GI implementation in the creation of a scope and sequence using the concepts and elaborations in the information literacy curriculum, thus allowing ownership to extend to all teachers in the school.
The Information Literacy Curriculum presented by Kuhlthau, Maniotes and Caspari is an essential development in GI theory and practice, enabling whole school coverage of the skills of GI. Its elements are attached here – Concepts based Information literacy curriculum – but for further detail, you will need to look at the book, Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century(2015)
Cheers, and have a great winter break!
This is my final contribution to 52GID edublog: http://52guidedinquiry.edublogs.org/?p=224
The blog will go all year, and it’s very exciting to read about the ground swell of Guided Inquiry in the States.
Here it is: http://52guidedinquiry.edublogs.org/?p=217
Have a browse of all the other posts, and keep reading, because there will be GI practitioners posting all year. (Including Alinda Sheerman, my GI co-conspirator!)
This is my second post for Leslie Maniotes’ blog, sharing GI practice. The blog is great! It shows how GI is becoming entrenched in US. This is my post: http://52guidedinquiry.edublogs.org/?p=210&preview=true
There is a lot happening on the 52_GID edublog. This week, I’m the guest blogger, and you may be interested to read my posts, and to have a browse of the others so far, in this year of blogging about Guided Inquiry.
Here’s my first post: http://52guidedinquiry.edublogs.org/2016/02/22/teacher-librarians-forever/
52 Weeks of Guided Inquiry is at this address: http://52guidedinquiry.edublogs.org
52 Weeks is an Edublog set up by Leslie Maniotes in USA to allow people to share their experiences of Guided Inquiry. There are many well known Guided Inquiry practitioners already in Leslie’s schedule, and she is looking for more, to share the challenges and excitements of the practice of Guided Inquiry. There are weeks open in August, September, October, November and December, if you would like to share your experiences and questions on a wider scale. Or you might find it simply a very interesting place to visit to see what our US counterparts are up to!
Just letting you know that I was alerted to the fact that none of the scaffolds worked in the section dealing with support for each stage of the GID process. I’m happy to let you know they are all fixed.
Please let me know if you find any further links that do not work.
Do you need help to create a GI unit? Here is the place to get it.
Just create a post with your request!
We invite you to ask for help if you need it with any stage of designing and/or carrying out of a GI unit. Please respond here with your questions, and we will do our best to help you. Feel free to contribute your own already created GI units and scaffolds. Send them to either of the following emails, and we will put them on the blog for you.
Thank you, and we look forward to both helping you, and learning from you.
Lee and Alinda
Please join this community, and tell your friends…
Up till now, the Guided Inquiry Community has been available at: http://guidedinquirycommunity.pbworks.com. (It will still be available there, while we design and move over to the new Edublog site). We’ve chosen the Edublog platform because we like the idea of the community becoming more of an interactive and proactive space. We hope that every one with an interest in Guided Inquiry can learn, share, and contribute questions, units of work and scaffolding, and be part of the excitement of inquiry learning. We are also very pleased to help you with the design of Guided Inquiry units.
Lee FitzGerald and Alinda Sheerman
Lee and Alinda have worked together since 2008 on inquiry learning, after being inspired by Professor Ross J. Todd, whose emphasis on information literacy as a pedagogy has fostered deep learning in students. Guided Inquiry developed from the work of Professor Emerita Carol Collier Kuhlthau on the Information Search Process (ISP). Since 2012, and the publication of Guided Inquiry design: A framework for inquiry in your school (Kuhlthau, Maniotes and Caspari), the Guided Inquiry Design process has complemented the ISP, and Guided Inquiry has developed into a coherent pedagogy for inquiry learning in schools.
Lee is a lecturer in teacher librarianship at Charles Sturt University, and Alinda is Head of Information Services at Broughton Anglican College, Menangle Park.
- Kuhlthau, C., Maniotes, L., & Caspari (2012), A. Guided Inquiry design: A framework for inquiry learning in your school. Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited.