Inquiry-based Teaching Strategies

The instructor uses inquiry-based teaching strategies effectively to facilitate learning
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Key Method

The instructor uses inquiry-based teaching strategies to facilitate participant learning. This includes asking questions that elicit prior knowledge and move thinking forward, and facilitating discourse that allows participants to learn through discussion.

Method Components

The intention of this competency is to examine ways in which the instructor uses inquiry-based teaching strategies such as questioning and discourse to move learning forward. Although some direct instruction may be present during the session, this competency focuses specifically on moments when inquiry is solicited.

Components for Demonstrating Inquiry-Based Teaching Strategies

  1. Designs questions to guide participant inquiry
    • Identifies points in the instructional sequence where inquiry is appropriate
    • Composes questions to guide inquiry
    • Anticipates the learning trajectory for each key idea and plans questions to help move participants forward in uncovering these
  1. Implements the inquiry process
    • Launches learning sequence in a way that leads to inquiry strategies
    • Asks questions to guide discovery of key ideas
    • Observes participants and uses questions to move their thinking forward toward understanding key ideas
  1. Ensures learning goals are met
    • Compares planned questions with asked questions
    • Adjusts interactions to ensure learning takes place
    • Articulates evidence of participant learning

Research & Resources

Supporting Research

  • Borko, H. (2004). Professional Development and Teacher Learning: Mapping the Terrain. Educational Researcher, 33(8), 3–15.)
  • Darling-Hammond, L., Wei, R. C., Andree, A., Richardson, N., & Orphanos, S. (2009). Professional Learning in the Learning Profession: A Status Report on Teacher Development in the United States and Abroad. Dallas, TX: National Staff Development Council.
  • Loucks-Horsley, S., Stiles, K. C., Mundry, S., Love, N., & Hewson, P. W. (2010). Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
  • Park Rogers, M. Abell, S., Lannin, J., Wang, C. Y., Musikul, D., Barker, D., & Dingman, S. (2007). Effective Professional Development in Science and Mathematics Education: Teachers’ and Facilitators’ Views. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 5, 507-532.

Submission Requirements

Submission Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

The items in this following section detail what must be submitted for evaluation. To earn the micro-credential, you must receive a passing evaluation for each question in Parts 1 and 3, and a “Yes” for each component in Part 2.

Part 1. Overview Questions

(300-word limit for each response)

Part A

  • What grade level, mathematics domain, and task were discussed in the Inquiry segment?
  • How did you determine that this segment was best suited to the inquiry process?
  • What questions did you plan to guide inquiry?
  • What participant issues did you anticipate ahead of time?

Part 2. Work Examples/Artifacts

Instructor must submit a 10-minute video clip that demonstrates his/her competency in leading an inquiry-based session. The rubric will center on ways in which the instructor used questions to facilitate learning in contrast to using direct instruction techniques.

Part B
To view the rubric associated with this part, please download the requirements doc at the bottom of the page.

Part 3. Educator Reflection

(300-word limit for each response)

Part C

  • How did your planned questions align with the actual questions asked?
  • How did you adjust your interactions with the participants based on ways in which they struggled?
  • What evidence can you cite that your participants met the learning goal(s) of the session?

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