Learning Together Through Inquiry

From Columbus to Integrated Curriculum

For teachers who have been exploring process approaches and thematic units in language arts and other areas, the logical next step is inquiry.

Based on the authoring cycle, the inquiry cycle provides one possible curricular framework for supporting inquiry within classroom contexts. Through inquiry learners engage in a process of searching for questions that are significant in their lives and finding multiple ways to examine and research those questions.

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For teachers who have been exploring process approaches and thematic units in language arts and other areas, the logical next step is inquiry.

Based on the authoring cycle, the inquiry cycle provides one possible curricular framework for supporting inquiry within classroom contexts. Through inquiry learners engage in a process of searching for questions that are significant in their lives and finding multiple ways to examine and research those questions.

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About the Author(s)

Kathy G. Short is Professor of Language, Reading and Culture at the University of Arizona and has worked extensively with teachers to develop curricula that actively involve students as authors and inquirers. Much of her work has centered on inquiry-based curriculum and children's dialogue about literature.

Julie Laird is a first-grade elementary school teacher in the Tucson Unified School District.  Along with co-authors Kathy G. Short, Jean Schroeder, Gloria Kauffman, Margaret J.

Margaret J. Ferguson is a first-grade elementary school teacher in the Tucson Unified School District.  Along with co-authors Kathy G.

Jean Schroeder taught and coached in elementary schools in Tucson Unified School District for over 40 years. She has served on and chaired the Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts committee. Jean is a founding board member and staff mentor/coach of the inquiry-based IDEA School in Tucson, AZ.

Born in Zambia, Africa, Gloria received her bachelor's degree in generation education and master's degree and Ph.D in language, reading and culture.

Kathleen Marie Crawford is a first-grade elementary school teacher in the Tucson Unified School District.  Along with co-authors Kathy G. Short, Jean Schroeder, Gloria Kauffman, Julie Laird and Margaret J.

Table of Contents

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Contents
1. Does Inquiry Make a Difference? Examining Our Beliefs About Curriculum
2. Are We There Yet? Beginning Our Voyage of Discovery and Inquiry
3. Sailing the Seven Seas: Using the Tools of Historians and Researchers
4. From 1492 to 1942: Gaining New Perspectives Through Literature
5. Should We Let It Fizzle and Blow Up? Examining the Inquiry Process Through Focused Studies
6. Stories, Trees, Time Lines, and Islands: Pursuing Children's Real Questions Within a Predetermined Curriculum
7. A Long Time Ago When I Was Four: Exploring Inquiry with Young Children
8. What Does It Look Like? Curricular Engagements Within a Cycle of Inquiry
9. Time Marches On and So Do We: Continuing Our Research and Learning as Teachers
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Product Details

Grade Range: K-8
Year: 1995
Item No: 0888
ISBN: 978-157110-888-3

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