Through this research study into inquiry-based learning I have progressed through the following process. This model has been slightly adapted from the Information Literacy Scope and Sequence created by the ONC Boces. (n.d). and found at http://encompass.cerfinfo.com/RSModel.htm. I chose to represent the model as a cycle as I believe that inquiry learning is an ongoing process with one cycle producing more questions for further exploration through subsequent inquiry processes.
Question – At the beginning of the unit I was given the task to explore information literacy and inquiry-based learning.
Find – During the Find phase I identified where relevant information may be located. I decided to search a number of databases accessed through the university library such as ERIC, A+Education, Proquest, The Learning Federation and Google Scholar.
Gather – I conducted a number of searches for information on information literacy and inquiry-based learning using such alternative terms as inquiry AND learning, problem-based learning and enquiry AND learning. I refined searches by adding terms such as science and/or young students and/or primary and/or elementary or by selecting database options such as scholarly journals, date limits and subject limits. I then sorted through the returned results to select relevant material which I then read more thoroughly to develop my knowledge and assist me in the writing of my research paper.
Create – I used the resources I had gathered and the knowledge I have developed to write my research paper on the inquiry learning sequence I observed being undertaken by a group of year 2 students.
Assess/Reflect – I chose to rename this stage to include reflection as I felt assess just didn’t quite cover what I believe should be done in this stage. This stage allows the individual engaged in the process to both look back on their learning and look forward to what more learning could be undertaken. In this stage of my research task I reflected on my learning of both information literacy and inquiry learning as a result of my search process and the research study. I identified a subsequent research study that could be conducted in the research site as a result of my initial research study.
ONC Boces. (n.d). Information Literacy Scope and Sequence. Accessed from http://encompass.cerfinfo.com/RSModel.htm