Primary Years Programme
Assessed curriculum—How will we know what we have learned?
Process of inquiry
Assessing the process of inquiry as well as the result of inquiry is recognized as an important objective of the programme. Teachers therefore record the detail of the inquiry initiated by the students in order to seek an increase in substance and depth.
In particular, teachers consider whether:
- the nature of the students’ inquiry develops over time; whether they are, in fact, asking questions of more depth, which are likely to enhance their learning substantially
- the children are becoming aware that real problems require solutions based on the integration of knowledge that spans and connects several subject areas
- the children are mastering skills and accumulating a comprehensive knowledge base in order to conduct their inquiries successfully and find solutions to problems
- the children are demonstrating both independence and an ability to work collaboratively.
Consideration of these points allows teachers to plan for effective teaching and learning opportunities that give students a chance to develop their inquiries further.