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176 pp.
8.5" x 11"


Publication date:
February 2014

Imprint: OUP Canada

IQ: A Practical Guide to Inquiry-Based Learning

Jennifer Watt and Jill Colyer

This professional resource provides a clear and practical tool for educators, curriculum leaders, and administrators! Highly visual and accessible, it explains the inquiry process and offers practical suggestions and tools for successfully implementing inquiry-based learning in the classroom.

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1. An Introduction to Inquiry
1.1 What is inquiry-based learning?
1.2 Why is inquiry-based learning effective?
1.3 What are various types of inquiry?
2. Assessment of Inquiry
2.1 How do I gather valid evidence of learning during an inquiry?
2.2 How do I model and assess growth of inquiry dispositions?
2.3 Where and how do I begin planning for an inquiry with a focus on assessment?
2.4 How can feedback raise student achievement?
3. Formulate Questions
3.1 Why bother creating inquiry questions?
3.2 What does a good inquiry question look like?
3.3 How can I help my students develop their own inquiry questions?
3.4 How can I use questions to help my students analyze their thinking?
3.5 How can I assess students as they create, refine, and as further questions?
4. Improve Communication
4.1 What is the essential vocabulary of communicating inquiry thinking?
4.2 How do I purposefully attend to communication during an inquiry?
4.3 How can communication be assessed in a final product?
5. Gather and Analyze Sources
5.1 What are the key considerations when gathering sources?
5.2 What are some practical strategies for analyzing sources?
6. Synthesize, Evaluate, and Draw Conclusions
6.1 How can I help my students make sense of their evidence and data?
6.2 How should students use evidence and data to evaluate and draw conclusions?
7. In Closing
7.1 Ten key points
7.2 Looking back, moving forward

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Jennifer Watt is an Instructional Leader for Beginning Teachers at the Toronto District School Board. She has been a history, politics, social science, and English teacher, and a consultant and a coordinator for 25 years. Throughout her career, she has supported both new and experienced classroom teachers at all grade levels and subject areas in thinking about how to share their knowledge, experience, and practices to improve student learning and establish professional communities. Jennifer's work with teachers, teacher candidates, and administrators in Canada and internationally has focused on teacher and student identity, the adolescent learner, assessment practices, and how to build more inclusive classroom communities. She is the author of several books for teachers and students, as well as exemplars and curriculum units. Jennifer has a Master's Degree focusing on the assessment of teacher practice.

Jill Colyer is currently the National Coordinator of The Historical Thinking Project, a pan-Canadian history education reform initiative that is working toward the incorporation of historical thinking concepts into curricula, classroom resources, and teacher supports. She works closely with ministries of education in each province and territory, advises educational publishers on resource development, and facilitates professional development workshops for teachers and administrators across the country. Jill has been a teacher and a writer of curriculum materials since 1991. She has taught secondary school students in Canada and Malaysia, and has worked as an instructor in the Continuing Education Department at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Her work in curriculum development includes the writing of courses, textbooks, teaching guides, and assessment tools. Jill has also been a writer and editor for the CBC since 1996.

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Special Features

  • The Table of Contents is organised into key questions teachers have about inquiry-based learning.
  • Assessment practices are embedded in every chapter, and a separate chapter provides overall assessment planning ideas.
  • Many examples throughout the book provide models for teachers.
  • Authentic case studies demonstrate and illustrate concepts.
  • The "Ensuring Success" feature anticipates obstacles and challenges that teachers may face, and provides tips to increase success.
  • Graphic elements (such as tables, charts, etc.) provide information in an easily accessible format.
  • Ready-to-use student and teacher reproducibles offer support for instruction and assessment.