Inquiry in the Classroom (K-12)


Kimberly L. Mitchell defines inquiry as “a way of being (a disposition) and a way of teaching (a pedagogy) that gets the students to do most of the question asking and answer-seeking. The role of the teacher is to design and guide experiences (and an environment) that promote student discussions, collaboration, and critical thinking. Inquiry methods enhance relationships and breathe joyful curiosity into classrooms.”

The National Association of Gifted Children cites Inquiry-based learning as a priority curricular option for gifted students. Inquiry can be used in the regular classroom, though, and Kimberly Mitchell shows how all students can benefit. Her book, Experiencing Inquiry, is a hands-on experience with inquiry that will guide teachers to a new understanding and appreciation of the depths of inquiry learning.

Educators taking this course will explore the elements of inquiry, special research topics in inquiry, and experience inquiry firsthand. Through this learning, teachers will learn to design and support Inquiry-based learning for all students.

This course is eq­uivalent to 3 semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours. It is a graduate-level course intended for K-12 educators who have completed a bachelor’s degree. It is recommended that you receive board or district approval before registering with TPAI.

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*You are responsible for purchasing your own course book.