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ERIC Number: EJ869548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-1481-1782
Cultivating Curious Minds: Teaching for Innovation through Open-Inquiry Learning
Knodt, Jean Sausele
Teacher Librarian, v37 n1 p15-16, 18-22 Oct 2009
Today, the world is looking for people with innovative spirits, who seek and take on new challenges, develop rich thinking processes, and visualize unique possibilities. There is a need for individuals with flexible critical and creative thinking throughout all vocations and professions. There is a need for people who are geared toward collaboration, team risk taking, and finding ways to offer unique contributions. The question to ask for schools and parents is: "How are you preparing children to meet their futures--our futures--with innovative minds?" What better place than in libraries to set the stage and build industrious thinking communities? With its many resources and abilities to interface and circulate ideas, the library is an ideal place to bring folks together, establish a centralized open-inquiry lab for a school, and to cultivate curious, innovative, and contributing minds. This article describes the action and possibilities of a centralized open-inquiry learning lab focused on teaching thinking to all students (K-6) as part of their regular school schedule. All quotes from lab students are presented as they appear in "Nine Thousand Straws: Teaching Thinking through Open-Inquiry Learning" (Knodt, 2008), and document word-by-word what children have shared in the lab setting.
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Language: English
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