MLA Handbook. 8th ed., New York, Modern Language Association of America, 2016.
The 5 steps of inquiry-based learning
This is why inquiry-based learning includes the following steps:
The 4 forms of inquiry
There are four forms of inquiry that are commonly used in inquiry-based instruction:
Research and Inquiry Planning Rationale - WRDSB Research and Inquiry Plan. “Research and Inquiry Planning Rationale - WRDSB Research and Inquiry Plan.” Google.com, 2013, sites.google.com/site/wrdsbresearchandinquiryplan/home/rationale-2. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.
MISO is an acronym for ways you can collect information yourself about a topic. In some research, you must either create or collect a wide array of information to fully understand a topic. MISO helps you think about different ways you can interact with information to create your understanding and the thoughts of others in relation to your work.
Media: includes books, the Internet, radio, film, newspapers, magazines. If a newspaper has a cover story about homelessness three times in a month, that’s an indicator of need.
Interviews: usually with a person who has expertise in the subject matter through experience or study.
Surveys: gathering responses from groups of people who may have varying degrees of knowledge about the subject. Students develop diverse skills by compiling, conducting, and analyzing surveys.
Observations: experience is usually what we bring from our past and observation is our deliberate noticing. This active process draws on many of the multiple intelligences.
Use the MISO Guide to help you find and organize your thoughts.
Ask yourself, 'what do I know about my topic?'. You should have some idea or context for your research if now you need to begin with a general search to see what is out there on your chosen topic. This also gets you started on narrowing your big idea or topic to a research topic or question that is manageable.
Exploring your topic by Google Searching with Bell:
Using keywords, deeper questions, and what you learned from your Exploring, formulate a question, or direction that will guide your research deeper. This is the time where we want to Narrow Our Topic.
6 Journalistic Question Words to help you refine by Narrowing:
Now that we have a direction and we have narrowed our topic we are ready to gather sources. On your Research eNotes, you can now begin collection resources. Make a slide/card for each piece of evidence or source that you will be using for your final project. Linked on the first page of the doc are links to the Library Website, the Academic Databases that we subscribe to, and other resources. If you are having trouble finding resources this is a good time to contact Mr. Bell, the Librarian. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Go back and make sure you answered your question or clearly went the direction (pro/con, persuasive, debate, etc) that you intended when you started your research. If not, try Step 3 again.
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