I have been on a journey for many years to understand the nature of inquiry and the skills and strategies that are required for individuals to engage in deep and relevant learning. I "retired" as a library educator in July 2018, but I spent the next year engaged in my own inquiry process to probe deeply into the demands of inquiry-based learning for today's students. I read widely in educational theory and practice, library professional practice, content curriculum standards, social and emotional learning, and critical thinking. I constructed new understandings for myself, and hopefully the library field, by re-envisioning the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (ESIFC), a PK-12 continuum of the information and inquiry skills required for in-depth learning (https://slsa-nys.libguides.com/ifc).
Since the ESIFC was published in April 2019, I have continued to push my own thinking about inquiry. Imagine my delight when I connected with Darryl Toerien, Head of Library and Archives at Oakham School in the United Kingdom, who is engaged in the same in-depth exploration of inquiry. Darryl is the originator of FOSIL (Framework of Skills for Inquiry Learning), which was originally modeled after the Stripling Model of Inquiry (https://fosil.org.uk/). Darryl is thinking about the confluence of "
Questions to Consider
As you watch the video, think about how you might inform your own practice with some of the ideas/challenges we discuss:
- How will you help your students develop the inquiry skills to overcome the challenges they face in the digital environment: the overwhelming quantity of information, the growing volume of misinformation and poor-quality information, and the seductive distractions of that environment?
- What skills will you prioritize in your own teaching?
- If you want your students to develop inquiry as a stance so that they are excited and motivated to find out about the world, how can you lead your school into developing a school-wide inquiry stance? Where and with whom will you start?
I hope you enjoy my conversation with Darryl Toerien and join us in exploring the possibilities and complexities of inquiry.
Stripling, Barbara K. "The Process and Stance of Inquiry in a Digital World [15:46]." School Library Connection, October 2020, schoollibraryconnection.com/Home/Display/2254856?topicCenterId=2252404.
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