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ERIC Number: EJ956375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-1524-5039
Introducing the Cycle of Inquiry System: A Reflective Inquiry Practice for Early Childhood Teacher Development
Broderick, Jane Tingle; Hong, Seong Bock
Early Childhood Research & Practice, v13 n2 Fall 2011
The Cycle of Inquiry (COI) is a tool for emergent curriculum planning and for professional development of early childhood teachers and teacher education students. The COI includes a sequence of five organizational forms connecting analysis of documentation data with intentional planning for long-term emergent inquiry inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach. The authors discuss and analyze the COI System through examination and analysis of the work of a student in a university early childhood teacher preparation program. Through this case study, the authors explore (1) whether a preservice teacher can learn to use the COI form-driven process to plan and facilitate emergent curriculum and (2) whether a mentor can scaffold and assess the development of an inservice or preservice teacher using the teacher's COI documentation. The authors also describe ongoing research into use of the COI System and outline potential directions for future research. (Contains 8 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts