Teaching and Learning Inquiry Framework

Philip Edward Molebash, John K Lee, Walter F Heinecke

Abstract


This article describes the development of the Teaching and Learning Inquiry Framework (TLIF) and applications for
its use. For decades teacher preparation and support has been dictated by a narrow mindset in which academic
disciplines have been taught in isolation. This landscape, however, is evolving to align with the view that the world is
rarely experienced in disciplinary silos. Interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning can enable students to
make more holistic connections to the world around them and be better prepared for college and career. With the recent
publication in the USA of four related standards-based reform documents across each of the core subject areas, teacher
preparation and professional development programs are evolving to offer teachers opportunities to examine the
implications of the new standards. To address these complexities, a guiding conceptual framework is needed that
focuses in on how inquiry can serve as an entry point to frame the integration of content within and across disciplines.
The TLIF was developed out of the hypothesis that teachers need to be prepared to teach in a more interdisciplinary
way using inquiry methods. There are six recursive stages to the TLIF: 1) stage and engage, 2) ask and pose, 3) plan
and monitor, 4) search and gather, 5) analyze and create, and 6) communicate and apply.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5430/jct.v8n1p20

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Journal of Curriculum and Teaching

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