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[For 15 years, I was a conservative, subject oriented, exam focussed secondary school teacher. Text books and test banks were great. Parents liked me for discipline, organisation and good exam results. Administrators liked me because marks were always recorded on time and students fit the...
[I came back to Australia after teaching oveseas looking for the opportunity to develop my understanding of inquiry learning. However, my new principal initially had other plans. He wanted a curriculum developed with the Earth Charter and Sustainability as the basis of teaching and learning. I...
[Having justifed inquiry learning in context of sustainable education and looked at the theories that support inquiry my next questions were, ‘What does research tell us about inquiry in practice? How does it work in classrooms? How do children learn through inquiry? How do inquiry classrooms...
[Anna, a year 10 student, offered this definition of inquiry learning: I think inquiry learning keeps it very ... like respectful and very understanding about what we as a person want to learn rather than ... They don't look at us just as a whole group they look at all of us individually and...
[After the series of student interviews, I wondered what the teachers would consider as essential for an inquiry environment. I wondered if there would be synergy between their views and those of their students described in the previous chapter.]
[What are the essential elements that make an inquiry classroom successful? Do these essentials apply to teachers, students or are they shared by both? Chapter 2 and 3 looked for those essentials in the research around education theory and practice. Chapter 4 and 5 reported on what teachers and...
[William Butler Yeats wrote this poem following his inspection of a school implementing a new curriculum. His thoughts revolved around life and love, but at the heart of his poem is an argument for a united view of life using the metaphor of the inseparability of ‘leaf, blossom, or bole, or...
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