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Education may well be, as of right, the instrument whereby every individual, in a society like our own, can gain access to any kind of discourse.[...]
[Michel Foucault]

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Successful Inquiry Learning Environments

These are some of the aspects of successful learning environments that various teachers have identified.

Characteristics of the Environment

  1. Affect
    • feeling of success
    • support
    • appreciation
    • recognition
    • alive
    • laughter
    • visible signs of learning
  2. Values
    • Acceptance of difference
      • language use
      • beliefs
      • values
    • Critical awareness
      • political consciousness
      • understanding of schooling
      • relation of personal, family, societal goals
  3. Learning as a process
    • sense making
    • student directed
    • affective
    • holistic
    • experiential
    • time to build
    • revision
    • space as well as time frame
    • open-ended
    • challenging problems
    • alternate conceptions
    • visible strategies
  4. Participants
    • Students
      • taking responsibility
      • making decisions
      • initiating inquiry
      • self-initiated learning
    • Teachers
      • as co-workers
      • as coaches
      • as helpers
    • Involved parents
    • Collaboration
      • flexible roles
      • with other students
      • with teachers
      • with members of the larger community

Working in the Environment

  1. Integration
    • projects
    • theme studies
    • literacy across the curriculum
  2. Language use
    • evolving
    • linked with ordinary experience
    • teacher excitement
  3. Sharing
    • in and beyond the classroom
    • drama
    • publishing
    • real audiences
  4. Forums for communication
    • sharing ideas about teaching and learning
    • opportunity to develop literacy skills
    • multiple media and genres
  5. Purposes
    • personal
    • shared with students and teacher
    • community
    • outcomes
  6. Resources
    • texts
      • variety of genres, topics, difficulty levels
      • student selected
      • authentic
    • in the community
    • technology for meaningful purposes
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