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Thinking Strategies for the Inquiry Classroom

Author: Darryn Kruse

Format: 96 pp book

ISBN: 9781742003139  SCIS No: 1410041

Publisher: Education Services Australia 2009

Audience: Teacher resource

Price: $40.95

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Thinking Strategies for the Inquiry Classroom is a practical resource for middle years teachers implementing an inquiry learning approach. An enormously flexible approach for teachers and learners, inquiry learning requires students to take an active role in:

  • asking questions, building on prior knowledge and making their own discoveries
  • finding information from a variety of sources
  • making connections between ideas, learning domains and experiences
  • reflecting on, and taking action related to, their understandings.

The book presents a selection of tried and tested activities linking inquiry to thinking skills. These valuable strategies are structured around the stages of inquiry – Tuning In, Finding Out, Sorting Out, Making Conclusions, Going Further, Reflecting and Taking Action – and clearly relate to thinking skills relevant to each stage. ‘Inquiry in Action’ snapshots explain the classroom experience of real teachers putting the strategies to work, and help you to decide how you will adapt these activities for the specific needs of your own students.

An invaluable source of inspiration, Thinking Strategies for the Inquiry Classroom will help you to extend your students’ inquiry journey into rich and varied learning experiences.


Also available:

Thinking Tools for the Inquiry Classroom

A complete teacher toolkit for incorporating the strategies into your classroom pedagogy.


Gerry Tickell

Darryn Kruse notes that there are many models of inquiry-based learning. Beyond identifying several common elements, the most important of which is the extent to which it enables students to develop an understanding of their own learning and to apply the techniques throughout their lives, he concentrates on the practicalities of inquiry learning. Thinking Strategies for the Inquiry Classroom presents a series of generic thinking strategies and these are supplemented in Thinking Tools for the Inquiry Classroom with activities designed 'to stimulate students to think and take some control of their own learning'....Strategies and tools are grouped under six phases of inquiry: Tuning In, Finding Out, Sorting Out, Making Conclusions, Going further and Reflecting and Taking Action. Each procedure is set out in a clear steps, supplemented with an account of how it is used in the classroom. some are familiar, such as brainstorming, concept mapping, while other will be unknown to anyone not actively engaged in inquiry learning. Both books provide a sufficiently comprehensive rationale to ensure that the strategies and tools are more than a series of tried and true techniques for capturing the attention of disengaged students.

Australian Educator

Spring 2010