Inquiry-Based Learning


Inquiry is a learning process that focuses on construction and following of questions for enduring understandings. It has applications across content areas and as a learning model, inquiry can provide numerous benefits for students. Inquiry can help increase student motivation and encourage ownership of learning, create opportunities to practice collaboration, and help develop higher-order thinking skills. In other words, inquiry helps students learn how to learn, no matter what topic they're exploring. In this workshop, you'll learn the nuts and bolts of inquiry, the different forms it can take, and how to successfully integrate it into your library. Watch the video lessons and complete the reflection activities to deepen your inquiry into inquiry today!


  • Learn and understand various inquiry learning models and effective strategies for guiding students through the inquiry process
  • Learn how inquiry-based learning can benefit students
  • Learn the characteristics of and applications for directed, guided, and free inquiry
  • Learn how to ignite student curiosity during the exploration phase of inquiry
  • Learn strategies to help students ask dynamic and effective questions
  • Learn methods to guide students through imagining, locating, and evaluating sources
  • Learn how to teach students to synthesize, frame, and present what they've learned for authentic audiences
  • Learn ways to facilitate meaningful student reflection during and at the completion of an inquiry process


Each workshop lesson includes video content and at least one follow-up activity to help you apply and show evidence of your learning.

Introduction Video

Lesson 1: Why Inquiry?

Activity: What's Your Why?

Lesson 2: Models for Inquiry

Activity: Inquiry Frameworks

Lesson 3: Explore and Wonder

Activity: Wondering about Primary Sources

Lesson 4: Formulating the Research Question

Activity 1: Essential Questions

Activity 2: Question Stems

Lesson 5: Gathering Sources

Activity 1: Imagining Sources

Activity 2: Evaluating Sources

Lesson 6: Demonstrating and Sharing the Learning

Activity 1: Authentic Audiences

Activity 2: Student Creators

Lesson 7: Reflecting on the Process

Activity: Ways to Reflect

Closing Video

Workshop Certification Quiz


Earn three professional development clock hours for completing this workshop's videos, activities, and quiz. Consult with your supervising organization about applying these to your professional development requirements.


To show evidence of learning for this course, complete and share the following:

  1. Inquiry Elevator Pitch
  2. Inquiry Frameworks Reflection
  3. Using Primary Sources to Spark Curiosity Reflection
  4. Essential Question Examples
  5. Question Stem Brainstorming
  6. Imagining Sources Practice
  7. Evaluating Sources Outline
  8. Authentic Audiences Brainstorming
  9. New Learning Product Reflection
  10. Ways to Reflect Reflection
  11. Workshop Quiz Results / Certificate of Completion


Rebecca J. Morris, MLIS, PhD, earned her master's degree and doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh and her undergraduate degree in elementary education at Pennsylvania State University. Rebecca teaches graduate courses in school librarianship and youth library services. Rebecca has published articles in journals including School Library Research, Knowledge Quest, School Libraries Worldwide, Teacher Librarian and the Journal of Research on Young Adults in Libraries. She is the author of School Libraries and Student Learning: A Guide for School Leaders (Harvard Education Publishing Group, 2015). Rebecca is a former elementary classroom teacher and middle school librarian.

Sharon Coatney is a former library media specialist from Kansas. She is a past president of the AASL and Councilor at Large of the American Library Association. She is now the Senior Acquisitions Editor for Education and School Library Products at Libraries Unlimited/Teacher Ideas Press.

Seth Taylor, MFA, has 20 years of experience in higher education as a teacher, administrator and professional development specialist. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Rhetoric, Composition and Research Methodology San Diego State University, Colorado State University, and the University of Redlands.

Jane Cullina, MSEd, is a professional development specialist for School Library Connection. A former children's librarian and humanities teacher, Jane earned her master's degree from the Bank Street College of Education in New York City and has taught in Boston, New York, Maine, California, and South Africa.


School Library Connection is a publication of Libraries Unlimited, a publisher in the field of academic, public, school, and special libraries since 1964. Libraries Unlimited's mission—to cultivate and maintain a supportive community where librarians, archivists, and information specialists can learn about and discuss leading-edge trends and acquire new skills through every phase of their careers—is supported by over 2,000 publications. Since 2008, Libraries Unlimited has been an imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, an award-winning publisher of digital and print products in the realms of reference, contemporary thought, and professional development. With both a long-standing reputation for authoritative and trustworthy materials and a current prominence in delivering cutting-edge content in diverse and innovative forms, ABC-CLIO continues to be driven by pursuit of its core mission: to serve as source, catalyst, and support of lifelong learning.


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