DEC Scan Journal : February 2013
Volume 32, February 2013 9 Contents Editorial Currents Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews Background to Guided Inquiry @ CCPS At Caddies Creek Public School in Sydney’s western suburbs, the library’s teaching and learning program is largely based on Cooperative Planning and Teaching (CPT), a flexible timetable and resource based learning. Since 2 0 07, Guided Inquiry (GI) has been extensively trialled, developed and formally adopted as the framework for all students’ research during lessons in the library. More recently, several classroom teachers have also incorporated GI into their own classroom programs. In the past two years, the GI teaching and learning bar has been significantly raised by shifting from open ended webquest units to full blown GI research units, with pairs of students now required to: Jenny Scheffers, teacher librarian at Caddies Creek Public School, is excited about the integration of Guided Inquiry and iPad technology into the library’s collaborative teaching and learning programs. Kylie Bryant, an enthusiastic classroom teacher at Caddies Creek Public School, is passionate about iPad technology and the way it can be used to engage students in creating and sharing their understanding with the whole learning community. Guided Inquiry and iPad technology A perfect match: Ryan and Joel share an iPad to investigate information on beetles • select their own research subtopic • formulate their own open-ended research focus question and contributing questions • research their contributing questions using a range of print and online resources • collate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise their findings in order to justify their opinion or answer to their focus question. In Term 2 2012, five Year 2 classes undertook their first GI library research, which was based on the topic of Australian native animals. Pairs of students utilised nonfiction books and online resources to complete their research. During this time, a sixth Year 2 class and a Year 1 class were busy in their classrooms trialling the school’s first iPad technology.