- Develop a deep understanding of important concepts
- Conduct research into knowledge that has local and global significance
- Acquire and practice a range of essential skills
- Develop positive attitudes towards learning, the environment, and other people
- Be involved in responsible action and social service
An inquiry cycle guides the learning. There are many different versions of the inquiry cycle, but my favourite is developed by University of Arizona College professor Kathy Short. In Short's "Authoring Cycle", children become protagonists of the learning process. They construct meaning about themselves and the world beginning with issues that are significant to them.
The picture below shows what questions students might ask themselves during each phase of the inquiry cycle: