Guided Inquiry Design

Why GID?

Inquiry is woven into the language of the national standards in each content area from the Common Core Language Arts and Mathematics, to Next Generation Science and C3 Social Studies.

 

Teachers K-12 are being asked to use inquiry methods, yet few know how. Guided Inquiry Design® is a roadmap to successful inquiry based learning. It was built from what we know about how students learn within an information rich context. Guided Inquiry Design® puts the research into a practical teacher and student friendly model where teachers become instructional designers and students ask great questions to learn.

Guided Inquiry Design® Framework

The process you see here is used in classrooms by teachers and students.
It serves as…

1. The educator’s pathway to designing inquiry learning.
2. The student’s model for “how I learn.”

Click on the color bars to reveal three bullet points describing the main objectives for engaging students in each phase.

The icons represent the nuances of each phase.

Open represented as an open circle. In GID we open to a concept to start with wonder and curiosity.

Immerse looks like ripples in a pool of water. Time spent in this phase ripples into the success of later phases of inquiry.

Explore is an explosion. Because of the emotional response students experience of information overload in that phase, the icon reminds us to slow down and pay attention to students’ emotions and connections to their own interests.

Identify is the turning point of the inquiry signified by the bending arrow into a dot.

Gather is when students are out and back. Students move from resources to their notes and engage in the processing of each resource to understand their question.

Create is the shape of a hexagon with many shades which indicates a reforming of understanding as students create new meaning through the information they have found.

Share is a talk bubble as students share their learning with their inquiry community and the wider world.

Evaluate is a think bubble because students not only reflect all the way through the GID process, but taking time to reflect at the end helps them become more aware of how they learned, an important skill for today’s learners.

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GID is a linear looking process since the process occurs naturally across time. Although each phase doesn’t completely stand alone, one phase overlaps with the next in a flow of connected learning experiences. This helps teachers to design inquiry based learning as it will occur in their classrooms day by day, across time.

Learning is tied to emotions and the phases of Guided Inquiry Design® help teachers to design learning experiences that build on the positive emotional states of learners as well as provide supports for students in the more challenging phases. The process intentionally takes the shape of the bumpy emotional journey of learning through inquiry. In Kuhlthau’s research (2004) she examined affect through the process and particularly noted the dip in student emotions at the Exploration stage.

You can learn more about the process in our book Guided Inquiry Design.

Open

• Invitation to inquiry
• Open minds
• Stimulate curiosity

Immerse

• Build background knowledge
• Connect to content
• Discover interesting ideas

– As a community

Explore

• Explore interesting ideas
• Look around
• Dip in

Identify

• Pause and ponder
• Identify inquiry question
• Decide direction

Gather

• Gather important information
• Go broad
• Go deep

Create

• Reflect on learning
• Go beyond facts to make meaning
• Create to communicate

Share

• Learn from each other
• Share learning
• Tell your story

Evaluate

• Evaluate achievement of learning goals
• Reflect on content
• Reflect on process