“What we find changes who we become.”
― Peter Morville
Past searches such as Google were known data bases where I was able to successfully, easily and quickly find a vast array of information. In a way, you were immersed in a wide variety of information and needed to sift through and explore, which was overwhelming for me personally. Using the A+ Education data base was something new. I found myself exploring different search terms and found the thesaurus feature useful in helping me refine the relevant search terms.The use of the thesauri tab in A+ Education enabled me to think of synonyms for science. This led to recognition of some more curriculum based terminology for my expert searches.
As Kuhlthau reminds me “research matters.” This mind map is reminiscent of the deeper thinking about Guided Inquiry. I have been trying to identify and decide which direction to take when reading, sifting and sorting articles found when conducting these expert searches. Some other related terms that could have been considered are problem-based learning, research-based practice and synonyms such as curious minds.
Kuhlthau writes about the Guided Inquiry Process and uses the image below to help explain the phases. I find myself in the explore stage ready to move into the identify stage of the Guided Inquiry Process. The need to redefine and question my searches and reasoning in order to “go deep” and as Kuhlthau states “choose the most useful sources to read closely as they find connections and gain personal understanding” (2012, p. 4) has been achieved through using A+ Education.
The Expert Search
As can be seen in the table below the use of previously used search strings and Boolean operators was in some cases unsuccessful. In reflection it is important to know and understand the nuancesof each database. This is an important learning moment as this added additional frustration to me during this time of exploring and is one reason as to why I spent so much time in this one phase.
The following four articles will be used in the Annotated Bibliography due to the connections they made with the inquiry process and curriculum subject areas. Articles that have references to known Guided Inquiry researchers such as Dr Ross Todd held greater value than others, hence their inclusion. The Five W’s of web site evaluation and aspects of the CARS model were being used concurrently when scanning and sorting the information during this phase. Dr Ross Todd gave credibility due to his reputation. The date of publication was also important as it demonstrated up to date and current information. Due to this database being used by a tertiary institution, it made me feel that there was a higher level of accuracy, I felt supported by QUT, making me think these sources were more objective than those found via Google.
Green, Gary. Inquiry and learning : what can IB show us about inquiry? [online]. Access; v.26 n.2 p.19-21; June 2012. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au.ezp01.library.qut.edu.au/fullText;dn=193381;res=AEIPT> ISSN: 1030-0155. [cited 28 Aug 13].
McLean, Ian. Taking the plunge : guided inquiry, persuasion and the research river at Penrith Public School. [online]. Scan; v.30 n.4 p.26-35; November 2011. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au.ezp01.library.qut.edu.au/fullText;dn=189318;res=AEIPT> ISSN: 0726-4127. [cited 28 Aug 13].
Purnell, Ken and Harrison, Allan. Inquiry in geography and science : can it work? [online]. Geographical Education; v.24 p.34-40; 2011. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au.ezp01.library.qut.edu.au/fullText;dn=191137;res=AEIPT> ISSN: 0085-0969. [cited 28 Aug 13].
Sheerman, Alinda. Accepting the challenge : evidence based practice at Broughton Anglican College. [online]. Scan; v.30 n.2 p.24-33; May 2011. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au.ezp01.library.qut.edu.au/fullText;dn=189075;res=AEIPT> ISSN: 0726-4127. [cited 28 Aug 13].
Kuhlthau, C.; Maniotes, L. and Caspari, A, (2012). Chapter 1 : Guided Inquiry Design: The Process, the Learning, and the Team. In Kuhlthau, C.; Maniotes, L. and Caspari, A, Guided inquiry design : a framework for inquiry in your school, (pp.1 – 15). Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited.