Month: December 2015

Designing Guided Inquiry units

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

Guided Inquiry in Australia

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The Guided Inquiry Design process (GID)

The Guided Inquiry Design process (GID)
Kuhlthau, Maniotes & Caspari, 2012, and Sybasigns Australia. 2015

Up till now, the Guided Inquiry Community has been available at: (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.

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