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Tomorrow's Professor Msg.#1390 Guidelines for Inquiry-Based Project Work

 

Folks:

The posting below provides a very useful rubric for guiding team-based, inquiry-based projects. It is from Chapter 4, Direct Instruction, in the book, Teaching in Blended Learning Environments: Creating and Sustaining Communities of Inquiry, by Norman D. Vaughan, Martha Cleveland-Innes, and D. Randy Garrison. Copyright © 2013 Norman D. Vaughan, Martha Cleveland-Innes, and D. Randy Garrison. Published by AU Press, Athabasca University, 1200, 10011 - 109 Street, Edmonton, AB TSL 3S6. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

Regards,

Rick Reis
reis@stanford.edu
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Guidelines for Inquiry-Based Project Work


Inquiry-based project work involves a group of students investigating a worthy question, issue, problem, or idea.  This is the type of authentic project work that those working in the disciplines actually undertake to create or build knowledge.  These projects involve serious engagement and investigation.  Two resources that we have found of particular value to guide inquiry-based project work are the Team-Based Learning Collaborative and the Galileo Educational Network.  

Team-based learning (TBL) involves sequencing individual tasks, group work, and immediate feedback to create an educational environment in which students increasingly hold each other accountable for each other's learning and academic success.  The Galileo Educational Network has developed an inquiry-based project rubric that consists of eight dimensions.  The key components and descriptors for this rubric are highlighted in Table 4.1. 

Table 4.1 Inquiry-based project rubric 

Dimension of Inquiry                                              Descriptors
1.        Authenticity         
                              •        The inquiry study emanates from a question, problem or exploration that has meaning to the students.
                              •        The inquiry study originates with an issue, problem, question, exploration, or topic that provides                                                 opportunities to create or produce something that contributes to the world's knowledge. 

                              •        The tasks or task require(s) a variety of roles or perspectives.

2.        Academic rigor
                              •        The inquiry study leads students to build knowledge that leads to deep understanding. 
                              •        Students are provided with multiple, flexible ways to approach the problem, issue, or question under                                           study that use methods of inquiry central to the disciplines that underpin the problem, issue, or                                                   question. 

                              •        The inquiry study encourages students to develop habits of mind that encourage them to ask questions                                         concerning the following: 

                                     o        evidence (How do we know what we know?)
                                     o        viewpoint (Who is speaking?)
                                     o        pattern and connection (What causes what?)
                                     o        supposition (How might things have been different?)
                                     o        why it matters (Who cares?)
 
3.        Assessment 
                              •        On-going assessment is woven into the design of the inquiry study providing timely descriptiv                                                     feedback and utilizing a range of methods, including peer and self-assessment.  Assessment gu                                                   student learning and teacher's instructional planning. 

                              •        The study provides opportunities for students to reflect on their learning using clear criteria that they                                           helped to set.  The  students use these reflections to set learning goals, establish next steps, an                                                   develop effective learning strategies. 

                              •        Teachers, peers, experts from outside the classroom, and the student are involved in the assessment                                           of the work. 


4.        Beyond the school 
                              •        The study requires students to address a semi-structured question, issue, or problem that is relevant                                           to curriculum outcomes,  but grounded in life and work beyond the school. 

                              •        The study requires students to develop organization and self-management skills in order to complet                                             the study. 

                              •        The study leads students to acquire and use competencies expected in high-performance work                                                     organizations (e.g., team work,  problem solving, communications, decision making, and project                                                 management). 


5.        Use of digital technologies
                              •        Technology is used in a purposeful manner that demonstrates an appreciation of new ways of thinking                                         and doing.  The technology is essential in accomplishing the task. 

                              •        The study requires students to determine which technologies are most appropriate to the task. 
                              •        The study requires students to conduct research, share information, make decisions, solve problems,                                           create meaning, and communicate with various audiences inside and outside the classroom.                                             •        The study makes excellent use of digital resources.  

                              •        The study requires sophisticated use of multimedia/hypermedia software, video, conferencing,                                                     simulation, databases,  programming, etc. 


6.        Active exploration 
                              •        The study requires students to spend significant amounts of time doing fieldwork, design work, labs,                                             interviews, studio work,  construction, etc. 

                              •        The study requires students to engage in real, authentic investigations using a variety of media,                                                   methods, and sources. 

                              •        The study requires students to communicate what they are learning with a variety of audiences                                                   through presentations,  exhibitions, websites, wikis, blogs, etc. 


7.        Connecting with experts
                             •        The study requires students to observe and interact with experts with relevant expertise and                                                        experience in a variety of  situations. 

                             •        The tasks are designed in collaboration with experts, either directly or indirectly.  The inquiry requires                                          adults to  collaborate with one another and with students on the design and assessment of the inquiry                                          work. 


8.        Elaborated communication
                             •        Students have extended opportunities to support, challenge, and respond to each other's ideas as they                                        negotiate a collective  understanding of relevant concepts. 

                             •        Students have opportunities to negotiate the flow of conversation within small and large group                                                    discussions. 
                             •        Students have opportunities to choose forms of expression to express their understanding. 
                             •        The inquiry provides opportunities for students to communicate what they are learning with a variety of                                        audiences. 

Adapted from Galileo Educational Network (2011) 

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