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Language arts; Questioning--Study and teaching; Catechetics;


Coalition research scholar, Grant Wiggins, firmly believes the idea of a question-driven, inquiry approach to teaching and learning should be at the heart of a school's mission. In examining one of the chief questions of a school's mission, that is, 'What are the aims of a high school curriculum,' Wiggins says it must involve getting students to "use their minds well" (Cushman, 1989). Wiggins says that, "students should emerge from their high school career with an integrated vision of how to think within the culture, which implies a broad understanding, not just narrow or rote expertise" (Cushman, 1989). In order for this type of curriculum to essentially 'work' in schools, classroom teachers, professional development leaders, and English educators must develop a similar, question-driven professional development plan. "Because the process of classroom inquiry is difficult to sustain when individual teachers are working alone, the field of English education needs to foster communities of inquiry. Professional growth and educational change become most possible when groups of teachers come together to reflect, to question, and to devise a collective course of action" (Buehler, 2005, p. 286). In a professional development environment built around growth and change, an inquiry based curriculum has the power to transform curriculum.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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Radhi AI-Mabuk


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