Inquiry Learning Post 4: Expert Search A+Education

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  1. inquiry learning
2177 A reasonable number of results. Certainly large but as I scroll through there are many papers and books that are relevant to the broad concept of inquiry learning. I will curate the papers by Branch and Solowan (2004), YouthLearn Initiative (2009) and the extract by Petrosky (2006). This is a much informative and relevant search than ProQuest.
  1. “inquiry learning” AND English AND secondary
1 Using the quotation marks AND English AND secondary that brought up one result that wasn’t relevant. The search was too narrow.
  1. “inquiry learning” AND Education
6 A few results but aimed more at the primary level.
  1. inquiry learning AND Distance Education AND “English”
6 Adding removing quotation marks from inquiry learning AND distance education AND English in quotation marks brings up mainly references to English as a second language, Very small result again.
  1. English AND inquiry learning”


162 Widening the search and placing “English” first proved successful in bringing up more English and inquiry learning related materials. The article by Morgan (2012) ticks the boxes for me as it not only covers inquiry learning in English but it is based in the middle secondary years. Overall I have found A+Education to be quite useful but I had better results from the wider search than the more specified search.

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Branch, J. L. Solowan, D. G. (2004) Inquiry-based learning activities: developing opportunities. [online]. Synergy; v.2 n.1 p.22-31. Retrieved August 22, 2014 from;dn=136411;res=AEIPT

Morgan, Anne-Marie. (2012) Subject-specific literacies and transition in the middle years : examples of teacher thinking, research and practice. Literacy Learning: the Middle Years; v.20 n.3 p.39-51. Retrieved August 22, 2014 from    ];res=AEIPT;dn=194329

Petrosky, A. R. (2006). Inquiry teaching and learning in an environment shaped by behavioural standards and high stake tests. In ‘Only connect : English teaching, schooling and community’ edited by B Doecke, M Howie and W Sawyer, pages 83-98. Kent Town S Aust : Wakefield Press; Australian Association for the Teaching of English, 2006. Retrieved August 22, 2104 from;viewTrolley=true;rec=1;action=showCompleteRec

YouthLearn Initiative (US). A guide to inquiry-based learning. [online]. Agora; v.44 n.1 p.4-11. Retrieved August 22,2014 from;dn=174497;res=AEIPT

What do I want to know? 

1) Which education systems use an inquiry learning approach?

2) What questioning framework is most appropriate for inquiry learning?

3) Is there a specific person who is credited with developing inquiry learning?


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