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In this e-paper, I describe a structured approach to inquiry-based learning that uses the World Wide Web as a primary information resource. Specifically, I address an intuitive 8-step process that begins with an essential question and ends with a knowledge product produced by students, typically completed in a cooperative setting. I also discuss the skills required by both student and teacher to make inquiry-based learning and the Internet a successful endeavor. Finally, I discuss the components of a Project Page, an online document that facilitates the learning process and support the reader with Web links relating to inquiry-based learning.


STEP 1: Asking the Essential Question

STEP 2: Writing Foundation Questions

STEP 3: Developing a Search Strategy

STEP 4: Locating Information

STEP 5: Filter, Distill and Cross-Referencing

STEP 6: Evaluate the amount of information

STEP 7: Develop the answer to the Essential Question

STEP 8: Develop a product to represent the answer


Making inquiry-based learning happen in the classroom: introducting the Project Page.


Visual diagram of inquiry based learning

Visual diagram of the relationship between inquiry and information literacy

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Howard Knodle and Mark Pennington contributed to the development of the process described here.


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