Curated collection: Inquiry Learning at the coalface

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A Curated Collection of sources

In my searching, researching and re-searching journey, I have been pursuing a line of inquiry about Inquiry Learning. My early foray began with three inquiry questions, that narrowed to one primary inquiry question, that, as my journey progressed, gave birth to multiple baby inquiry questions. This journey has brought a wealth of information, and clarified my primary inquiry question to the following:

What are the main concerns of teachers regarding Inquiry Learning, and how do these concerns impact on its implementation in the classroom?

In pursuit of an answer to this question, I have curated a collection of academic and professional sources on Pinterest. This collection provides a snapshot of the sources I found the most useful, the most intriguing, the most thought-provoking, or the most memorable from my research – or a mixture of these things. It is an eclectic mix, but one that strongly reflects my primary inquiry question. The reasons for why each source was chosen for this list are provided in the comments section of each pin.

The order of the sources on Pinterest is random, and does not reflect any hierarchy.

A reference list for this collection can be found at the bottom of this page, ordered alphabetically.



References (for my curated collection on Pinterest)

Blanchard, M. R., Osborne, J.W., Wallwork, C. & Harris, E.S. (2013). Progress on Implementing Inquiry in North Carolina: Nearly 1, 000 Elementary, Middle and high School Science Teachers Weigh In. Science Educator, 22(1), 37-47. Retrieved from

Edelson, D.C., Gordin, D.N. & Pea, R.D. (1999). Addressing the Challenges of Inquiry-Based Learning Through Technology and Curriculum Design. The Journal of the Learning Sciences, 8(3&4), 391-450. Retrieved from

Educational Broadcasting Corporation. (2004). Inquiry-based Learning: Exploration. What are some challenges I might face? Retrieved September 10, 2016, from

English, M.C. (2013). The role of newly prepared PBL teachers’ motivational beliefs and perceptions of school conditions in their project based learning implementation (Doctoral dissertation). Available from Dissertation Abstracts International. DAI-A 74/09(E)

Gutierez, S. B. (2015). Collaborative professional learning through lesson study: Identifying the challenges of inquiry-based teaching. Issues in Educational Research, 25(2), 118-134. Retrieved from

Krahenbuhl, K.S. (2016). Student-centered Education and Constructivism: Challenges, Concerns, and Clarity for Teachers. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies Issues and Ideas 89(3), 97-105. Retrieved from

Michell, P. & Spence, S. (2009). Inquiry into Guided Inquiry. Retrieved September 10, 2016, from

O’Farrell, J. (2013, December 21). Why our schools are failing your children: a teacher tells. The Age. Retrieved from

Review of the Australian Curriculum, Australian Government Department of Education. (2014). Review of the Australian Curriculum: Final Report. Retrieved from Australian Government Department of Education and Training website

Trautmann, N., MaKinster, J. & Avery, L. (2004, April). What makes inquiry so hard? (and why is it worth it?). Paper presented at the NARST 2004 Annual Meeting. Retrieved from


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