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Night of the Notables

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Night of the Notables is an excellent cross-disciplinary study, bringing together many different kinds of learnings: practising comprehensive research and reporting skills, mastering written and oral presentation skills, demonstrating communication skills , sustaining commitment to a self chosen task, displaying artistic skills in design, preparation and explanation of one's display, preparing one's costume and props, self monitoring along the way and applying self evaluation skills upon completion. This combination makes it a model multidisciplinary learning experience.


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ERIC - "Methods Practiced in Social Studies Instruction: A Review of Public School Teachers' Strategies", International Journal of Social Education, 2007

|In this study, the authors explore the "apparent gulf between professionals' advice and actual teachers' practices." Their study recognizes the imperviousness of teacher practice to the efforts of researchers and curricular reformers. For over a century, the authors argue, "best practices" in social studies have always included instruction that promotes higher-order thinking and inquiry-based learning, regardless of whether the promulgators were committed to citizenship education, "constructivist" methods, or standards-based instruction. Their study, however, asks whether methods that promote thinking and interpretation actually appear in classroom practice. Using survey data, the researchers find a tension between the methods that teachers most commonly use and the methods they believe are most effective. In particular, the study finds that though teachers may value methods such as role play and debate, they are most likely to lecture. The authors conclude the results of this study
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A very interesting and historical look at inquiry learning and Social Studies teaching in America. The authors quote many reliable sources that strongly support the constructivist approach in Social Studies.

 

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Teacher Candidates' Conceptualization of Guided Inquiry and Lesson Planning in Social Studies Following Web-Assisted Instruction

(2003). Teacher Candidates' Conceptualization of Guided Inquiry and Lesson Planning in Social Studies Following Web-Assisted Instruction. Theory & Research in Social Education: Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 243-264. doi: 10.1080/00933104.2003.10473224
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A worthwhile look into pre-service teachers knowledge of inquiry learning and what can be done to support them. A balanced article that presents the strengths and weaknesses of inquiry learning.

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ERIC - Rewiring the History and Social Studies Classroom: Needs, Frameworks, Dangers, and Proposals., 1999-Dec

|This paper discusses the implementation of technology in social studies education. The first section addresses reasons why technology is used in social studies education, including the goal of making the social studies classroom a site of active learning and critical thinking. The second section describes three frameworks for using technology to promote active learning, i.e., inquiry-based learning, bridging reading and writing through online interaction, and making student work public in new media formats. The third section considers things to avoid, including educational software that promotes passivity, school systems' failure to provide professional development for using new technology, and the danger of viewing technology as an end in itself rather than a means to achieving better student learning. The fourth section offers the following recommendations: (1) a renewed national commitment to insuring that the benefits of new technology be shared equally; (2) a revised
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ERIC - "Methods Practiced in Social Studies Instruction: A Review of Public School Teachers' Strategies", International Journal of Social Education, 2007

|In this study, the authors explore the "apparent gulf between professionals' advice and actual teachers' practices." Their study recognizes the imperviousness of teacher practice to the efforts of researchers and curricular reformers. For over a century, the authors argue, "best practices" in social studies have always included instruction that promotes higher-order thinking and inquiry-based learning, regardless of whether the promulgators were committed to citizenship education, "constructivist" methods, or standards-based instruction. Their study, however, asks whether methods that promote thinking and interpretation actually appear in classroom practice. Using survey data, the researchers find a tension between the methods that teachers most commonly use and the methods they believe are most effective. In particular, the study finds that though teachers may value methods such as role play and debate, they are most likely to lecture. The authors conclude the results of this study
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A very interesting and historical look at inquiry learning and Social Studies teaching in America. The authors quote many reliable sources that strongly support the constructivist approach in Social Studies.

 

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The Melbourne Story : Posing Essential Questions for Inquiry

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The Australian author promotes museums and how they can facilitate inquiry learning to bring History alive. She believes that interest and engagement influence how much is retained by students. 

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Inquiry Learning : Making History Active

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This article outlines  7 step process to implement inquiry learning in History. It is written by David Arnold who is the Education Manager of National Museum Australia. A great article for this who love History (like me).

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Inquiry Learning

References: Reynolds, R. (2012) Teaching History, Geography & SOSE in the Primary School. 2nd Ed. Victoria: Oxford University Press. Marsh, C. & Hart, C. (20...
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This is an informative video that defines Inquiry Learning according to Bloom's Taxonomy 6 levels. It also suggests ways teachers can implement Inquiry Learning in the classroom.

 

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GI-School-Librarians-in-the-21-Century.pdf

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Kuhlthau is the "guru" on Guided Inquiry! Her Information Search Process is well researched and relevant to educators. A must read.

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Developing Teachers of Inquiry : An Emerging Humanities Model of Inquiry

Developing Teachers of Inquiry : An Emerging Humanities Model of Inquiry | Inquiry Learning | Scoop.it

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Associate Professor of Deakin University, Debra Bateman, outlines her new Humanities Model of Inquiry (HMI) which allows both teacher-directed knowledge and skill development. Bateman also presents a great argument about how inquiry learning can be integrated with disciplinary skills.           

 

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ERIC - The Demonstration of Teaching Values in Elementary Pre-Service Teachers' E-Portfolios, International Journal of Social Education, 2005

|In this study, elementary teacher candidates were asked to identify the personal criteria employed in selecting lesson plans for placement in their social studies e-portfolios. Because the criteria developed by the candidates always included references to students' engagement with the lesson, it was recommended that e-portfolios should contain lesson plans that have been taught; reflecting teacher candidates' desired outcomes and rationale for selecting guided inquiry lesson plans implemented in their clinical placements. Since the process of constructing a social studies e-portfolio involves decision making and reflection, it also serves as an expression of one's teaching values. Building on these findings, the study reported here began with the question, "What teaching values are demonstrated by the choices elementary teacher candidates make when they select and include social studies lesson plans in electronic portfolios?" In addition, two other research questions were
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Assessment issues and recommendations

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This is a short yet powerful article that addresses the TL's role in assessment. It recommends inquiry learning principles and advocates that the TL needs to be more proactive in the assessment phase of education.

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Inquiry Learning Within the Australian Curriculum : Part Two

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An excellent article that illustrates links between inquiry and the curriculum. It highlights a connection between the information process and History, Science and ICT.

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Inquiry pedagogy and the Australian Curriculum: EBSCOhost

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An excellent article that covers inquiry learning in the Australian Curriculum. It covers the subject areas of History, Science and Geography with detailed questioning frameworks. Worth a read.

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Inquiry Based Learning

A short film to outline the benefits of implementing an inquiry based learning approach in the classroom.
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