Integrated Inquiry in the Middle Years: Principles, Processes and Practices - Online

Darryn Kruse
Engaging and inspiring
Discover how to implement practical integrated and inquiry-based approaches in your year 5-9 classroom.
Target Audience
Teachers of students from years 5-9 will find this course particularly relevant.
17 reviews
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Learning Areas

General Description

The focus of this online program is on a practical model for planning and implementing integrated and inquiry-based units of work for students in Years 5-9. The program will assist participants to plan and implement powerful, student-centred inquiry and make links to state and national standards. The emphasis is on practical, classroom-ready approaches and strategies.
The main topics to be covered will include: the philosophy and principles underpinning integrated inquiry; the design of authentic, integrated and inquiry-based units of work; developing effective inquiry questions; structuring and teaching a guided inquiry; catering for students’ interests and allowing them some real choices in their learning; supporting students for success and growth in self-directed inquiry; teaching independent research, summarising and note-taking skills; teacher (and student) record keeping, monitoring and assessment; and classroom activities for demonstrating understanding.

Audience

Teachers of students from years 5-9 will find this course particularly relevant.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Most TTA online courses are available with an Online Subscription. For a little more than the price of one course, you can gain up to 20 PD hours per year. Learn more HERE.

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours.


This course contributes to 6.5 professional development hours.

Occurrences

There are no occurrences of Online - Individual in Australia (ACT) at this time.

Sessions

Tuning In to Inquiry Learning

1 hour and 15 minutes

online delivery — focuses on the differences between inquiry and thematic curriculum and on the key phases and principles of inquiry learning.

The Tuning In Process

1 hour and 15 minutes

online delivery — focuses on classroom strategies for the tuning in phase of inquiry

Guided Inquiry

1 hour and 15 minutes

online delivery — explores the phases of finding out, sorting out, and making conclusions.

Going Further

1 hour and 15 minutes

online delivery — focuses on ways to support students in independent inquiry

Reflecting and Taking Action

1 hour and 30 minutes

online delivery — focuses on the various opportunities for students to make sense of and act on their learning and provides participants with the opportunity to reflect on and act on their own learning in this course.

User Rating

4.2

Latest Reviews

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Integrated Inquiry in the Middle Years: Principles, Processes and Practices - Online
by Paul Wallace on 19/02/2015

The course was good but only relevant in certain circumstances. The examples used did not suit a wide range of applications in my opinion.

Integrated Inquiry in the Middle Years: Principles, Processes and Practices - Online
20/01/2015

A little disappointing when compared to the previous online course I did with TTA. More meaningful feedback of work submitted would have been helpful and there seemed to be limited online interaction between those doing the course. In fact, looking at the last activity (as of December 2014) , there did not seem to have been many people who completed the course. I found the example program to be a little bit too complex to be helpful in unpacking the concepts and translating them into my Upper Primary class context.

Integrated Inquiry in the Middle Years: Principles, Processes and Practices
by Natalia Paull on 02/12/2014

I found Darryn’s course '‘ Inquiry approach in the middle years - principles, processes, practices...’' to be very useful and informative.
The presenter was very good and it was great to communicate with him. He was very good at giving some tips which can be useful in the classroom and all his materials were very well presented online.
I would rate the course as excellent and I would highly recommend it to other teachers who would like to learn more about inquiry approach in the middle school and implement this in their teaching practice.

03/12/2013

The course was useful in explaining integrated inquiry in an easily understood format. The instructor was particularly good, and patient, and interested in each and every participant. He always took time to give constructive feedback. I also found the forum a good source of ideas for this study.

27/11/2013

Good course. Clear cut and straight forward. I would have like some more example programs though and I felt that the example program was not that great.

25/11/2013

The course was very enjoyable and easily accessed whenever it suited me best. I learnt a lot more about Integrated Inquiry and solidified that which I already knew. The opportunity to comment on the different aspects of Integrated Inquiry amongst the group allowed different ideas and perspectives to be introduced. Darryn Kruse was very prompt in responding to our posts and very encouraging.

Sheryl Climo
by Sheryl Climo on 30/04/2013

A really interesting course that made me think carefully about what I do in the classroom and how I can improve my delivery of content.

Karen Mottershead
by Karen Mottershead on 04/03/2013

The course needs to be completed within a shorter time frame because when I first tired to complete the forums no one else had made any contributions.

Karen Mottershead
by Karen Mottershead on 04/03/2013

The course needs to be completed within a shorter time frame because when I first tired to complete the forums no one else had made any contributions.

Liam Stakelum
by Liam Stakelum on 04/03/2013

The structure of the course and the content was very good. It was easy to follow and followed a simple plan. the examples and /materials were all well produced and easy to understand.

We were quite lucky as there was a group of us all contributing to discussion as we sat and did the course together. The online forum for example, probably didnt work as well as it could have if it had more peopel contributing.

Janine Howe
by Janine Howe on 04/03/2013

I enjoyed the course and it provided me with insight into how to approach inquiry based learning. I would have preferred to have more interaction with instructors and maybe some feedback on specific ideas etc.

Rob Whyte
by Rob Whyte on 04/03/2013

I felt that this course had minimal input from presenters and the presentation of rthe stimuli somewhat boring and ‘easy’. For such an expensive course, it literally meant 6 weeks of going over Prezi’s and PDF documents. Whilst I enjoyed the time spent with the other teachers on the course, I was somewhat disappointed with the overall outcomes.

Christina
by Christina Attard on 18/10/2012

Great

Lisa Burton
by Lisa Burton on 18/10/2012

I really enjoyed the course. It made me realise that I already use a number of inquiry-based strategies & that it’s not such a huge leap to incorporate more. Doing this course at the end of last year has given me a great start to the new year.

Lauren Brady
by Lauren Brady on 18/10/2012

Was a fantastic course and I got a lot out of it.

Stephanie Archer
by Stephanie Archer on 18/10/2012

Some helpful material for our Connected learning Course which we have just launched with Year 7 at St. Joseph’s

Adriana Vladika
by Adriana Vladika on 18/10/2012

I really enjoyed this course. The content was highly suitable for teachers who are balancing full time work with study. I found the activities relevant and practical, and will certainly use many of them in class.


About the team


Darryn Kruse

Creator

Darryn Kruse is currently principal of Point Cook Senior SC, after spending four years as both campus principal and teacher at Williamstown High School. As a professional writer and speaker he works in the areas of change management and educational research, acting as critical friend for several negotiated school reviews and whole school reform projects and coordinating large-scale research projects into education reform (Vic. Yrs. 5-8 Research Project & William Buckland Foundation MYoS ‘Lighthouse Schools’ Project).