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ERIC Number: EJ869048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1094-9046
Toward a Culture of Inquiry in a World of Choices
Bush, Gail
Knowledge Quest, v38 n1 p12-23 Sep-Oct 2009
While many robust library programs engage students in problem-finding, inquiry-rich curricula, other programs might benefit from addition of a few key strategies. Discussion strategies might be used during read-alouds or as enhancements to an instructional strategy like jigsaw. Writing strategies might be integrated into research projects or might also be used as discussion prompts. Any student or grade level can benefit from learning the language of critical thinking. If the library is indeed an independent learning environment, the culture it is transmitting is one of inquiry, and the language used reinforces that culture. School librarians who are reaching admirable levels of collaborative planning for interdisciplinary units are charged with embedding inquiry instructional strategies to strengthen students' higher-order thinking skills. In this article, the author presents writing instruction strategies and some essential questions that shape a curriculum. The author discusses the role of school librarians in encouraging a culture of inquiry in a world of choices.
American Association of School Librarians. Available from: American Library Association. 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611. Tel: 1-800-545-2433; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A