Here’s a collection of the books, journal articles, and online publications that have been helpful in my journey learning about inquiry.  Do you have a reading to recommend? Please post in the comments area below–thank you for sharing!

Alberta Learning. (2004). Focus on Inquiry. Edmonton, AB: Alberta Learning and Teaching Resources Branch. Retrieved online

Alvarado, A. E., & Herr, P. (2003). Inquiry-based Learning Using Everyday Objects: Hands-on Instructional Strategies That Promote Active Learning in Grades 3-8 (1st ed.). United States: SAGE Publications

Anderson, P. J., O’Connor, K. A., & Greene, H. (2006). Action research: Questions asked, questions answered. Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin72(4), 13-28.

Banchi, H., & Bell, R. (2008). The many levels of inquiry. Science and Children, 46(2), 26-29. Retrieved online:

Barell, J. (2006). Problem-Based Learning: An Inquiry Approach (2nd Edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press

Barlow, A. T. & Cates, J. M. (2006/2007). The answer is 20 cookies. What is the question? Teaching Children Mathematics. Retrieved from

Barron, B. & Darling-Hammond, L. (2008). Teaching for meaningful learning: A review of the research on inquiry-based and cooperative learning (Book Excerpt).

Edutopia: The George Lucas Educational Foundation. Retrieved from

Bastock, M. Gladstone, B., & Martin, J. (2006). Inquiry Transforms Learning Environments for Students. ATA Magazine, 87(2). Retreived from

Berger, W. (2014). A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas. New York, NY: Bloomsbury.

Bond, N. (2008). Questioning strategies that minimize behavior problems. Education Digest, 73(6), 41-45.

Branch, J. L., & Solowan, D. (2003). Inquiry-based learning: The key to student success. School Libraries In Canada,22(4), 6.

Brown, S., & Vaughan, C. (2010). Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. United States: Avery Publishing Group Inc.

Brunsell, E. (2011) The 5 Features of Science Inquiry: What Questions Do You Have? Edutopia. Retrieved from

Cecil, N. L., & Pfeifer, J. (2011). The Art of Inquiry: Questioning Strategies for K-6 Classrooms (2nd Edition.). Winnipeg, MB: Portage & Main Press.

Chorzempa, B., & Lapidus, L. (2009). To find yourself, think for yourself. Teaching Exceptional Children, 41(3), 54-59.

Colburn, A. (2000). An inquiry primer. Science Scope. Retrieved from

Donohue-Smith, M. (2006). Improving the questions students ask. Education Digest, 72(3), 41-43

Eastwell, P. (2009). Inquiry learning: Elements of confusion and frustration. American Biology Teacher (National Association of Biology Teachers), 71(5), 263-264.

Elbers, E. (2003). Classroom interaction as reflection: Learning and teaching mathematics in a community of inquiry. Educational Studies in Mathematics54(1), 77.

Exploratorium. (n.d.). What is inquiry? Institute for Inquiry. San Francisco, CA. Retrieved from

Foster, K. D. (2009). Ask and You Will Succeed: 1001 Extraordinary Questions to Create Life-Changing Results. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Friesen, S. & Scott, D. (2013). Inquiry-based learning: A review of the research literature. Alberta Ministry of Education. Retrieved from

Galileo Educational Network, (2015). What is inquiry? [Website]. Retrieved January 18, 2015 from

Galileo Educational Network, (1999-2014). What is inquiry? [Website]. Retrieved January 18, 2015 from

Gardner, H. (2008). Five Minds for the Future. Boston, MA: Harvard Business Press.

Gopnik, A. (2012, July). Let the children play, it’s good for them! Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved from

Halbert, J., & Kaser, L. (2013). Spirals of Inquiry for Equity and Quality. Vancouver, BC: BCPVPA.

Halvorson, H. G. (2012). Nine ways successful people defeat stress. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved from

Harland, D. J. (n.d.). What is inquiry? Stem Mom. Retrieved from

Henderson, T., & Atencio, D. (2007). Integration of play, learning, and experience: What museums afford young visitors. Early Childhood Education Journal35(3), 245-251. doi:10.1007/s10643-007-0208-1

International Baccalaureate Organization. (2005). Program Standards and practices. Cardiff, UK: Author.

Jackson, S. (2013). Good questions for inquiry-based projects. Scholastic Canada Education. Retrieved from

Kessler, J., & Galvan, P. (2007). Inquiry in Action: Investigating Matter Through Inquiry (3rd Edition.). United States: American Chemical Society.

Klein, S. R. (2010). Exploring hope and the inner life through journaling. Encounter23(2), 49-52.

Larmer, J. (2014). Project-based learning vs. problem-based learning vs. x-bl. Edutopia. Retrieved from

Larmer, J. & Mergendoller, J. R. (2012). 8 Essentials for project-based learning. Edutopia

Lathrop, A. H. (2006). Teaching how to question: Participation rubrics. Teaching Professor, 20(3), 4.

Lee, V. (2011). The power of inquiry as a way of learning. Innovative Higher Education, 36(3), 149-160. doi:10.1007/s10755-010-9166-4

Lipowski, E. E. (2008). Developing great research questions. American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy65(17), 1667–1670. doi:10.2146/ajhp070276

Llewellyn, D. (2002). Inquire Within: Implementing Inquiry-Based Science Standards. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press. pg. 12

Llewellyn, D. (2014). Inquire Within: Implementing Inquiry- and Argument-Based Science Standards in Grades 3-8 (3rd ed.) Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.

McAllister, B., & Plourde, L. A. (2008). Enrichment curriculum: Essential for mathematically gifted students. Education, 129(1), 40-49.

McConnell, C. (2011). The Essential Questions Handbook. United States: Scholastic Teaching Resources.

Myron, D. (2014). Grading Smarter, Not Harder: Assessment Strategies That Motivate Kids and Help Them Learn. United States: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development.

Mui, M. (2010). Experiencing Clay: Inquiry-based Learning and Assessment for

Learning. International Journal Of Art & Design Education, 29(3), 244-256. doi:10.1111/j.1476-8070.2010.01664.x

National Research Council. (1996). National Science Education Standards. Washington, DC: National Academy Press. p. 23

National Research Council (2000). Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning. Table 2-6. p 29.

Piaget, J. (1951). Play Dreams and Imitation in Childhood. New York: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Pink, D. (2006). A Whole New Mind: Why Right-brainers Will Rule the Future. United States: Riverhead Books.

Rapp, W. H. (2005). Inquiry-based environments for the inclusion of students with exceptional learning needs. Remedial & Special Education26(5), 297-310.

Saunders-Stewart, K. S., Gyles, P. T., & Shore, B. M. (2012). Student Outcomes in Inquiry Instruction: A Literature-Derived Inventory. Journal Of Advanced Academics, 23(1), 5-31. doi:10.1177/1932202X11429860

Seppala, E. M. (2013, January 27). 5 reasons you need to play more. Psychology Today. Retrieved from

Stephenson, N. (n.d.). Introduction to Inquiry-Based Learning. Retrieved January 19, 2015, from

Tienken, C. H., Goldberg, S., & DiRocco, D. (2010). Questioning the questions. Education Digest75(9), 28-32.

Vygotsky, L. S. (1966). Play and its role in the mental development of the child.  Soviet Psychology, 12(6), 62-76, Original work published 1933)

Wilson, N., & Smetana, L. (2011). Questioning as thinking: a metacognitive framework to improve comprehension of expository text. Literacy45(2), 84-90. doi:10.1111/j.1741-4369.2011.00584.x

Thomson, D. (2010). Beyond the classroom walls: Teachers’ and students’ perspectives on how online learning can meet the needs of gifted students. Journal of Advanced Academics21(4), 662–712. doi:10.1177/1932202×1002100405

Watt, J. G., & Colyer, J. (2014). IQ: A Practical Guide to Inquiry-Based Learning. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press.

Wells, G. (2001). Action, Talk & Text: Learning & Teaching Through Inquiry. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Wilhelm, J. D. (2007). Engaging Readers & Writers with Inquiry: Promoting Deep

Understandings in Language Arts and the Content Areas with Guiding Questions. United States: Scholastic Teaching Resources.

Wilhelm, J. D. (2012). Essential questions.  Scholastic Instructor122(3), 24-27.

Wilhelm, J. D. (2014). Learning to love the questions. Knowledge Quest42(5), 36-41

Wilhelm, J. D. (2007). Inquiry starts here. Instructor116(7).

Yager, R. (1988). Never playing the game.  Science Teacher, 55(9), 77

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