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How do you support teaching as inquiry in your department?

Watch 'Leading pedagogical change'. Duration 4:49

In this video, Carol Jarrett discusses how her department uses teaching as inquiry to investigate 'problems of practice'.

Using inquiry approaches to improve practice guides you through a toolbox of key considerations for an inquiry:

Use the information about these approaches to consider the ways in which your department might inquire into aspects of their practice.

More reading

He tukanga akoranga pakirehua - A suggested teaching as inquiry cycle
He tukanga akoranga pakirehua is a suggested teaching as inquiry cycle adapted from the New Zealand Curriculum’s teaching as inquiry cycle for teachers of te reo Māori.

Directions for learning: The New Zealand Curriculum Principles, and teaching as inquiry May 2011 (published 22/7/11)
In early 2010, the Ministry of Education asked the Education Review Office (ERO) to conduct an initial evaluation, and a follow up evaluation one year later, to investigate how schools were using the eight principles and the teaching as inquiry process as outlined in The New Zealand Curriculum.

Reflective questions

As a middle leader:

What does your department see as the priorities for learning given where your students are at?

How does your department analyse and interpret information to plan for future teaching?

Not all teacher inquiry aims to produce evidence and understanding in a public form that can be tested and reviewed by others. Some teacher inquiry simply seeks to enhance the practice of the inquirer through the use of evidence. This kind of continuing professional development can accurately be described as evidence-based or informed practice.

Cordingley (2003)

Published on: 19 Jun 2012


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