When you need to make changes in your school library, a systematic approach will help make those changes as successful as possible.
Using a systematic approach can help you:
understand what's going on for your library users
consider the consequences of proposed changes
make decisions based on sound evidence
know what actions are needed to achieve your goals.
Using inquiry to develop your library
Teaching as inquiry has been used in New Zealand schools for more than 10 years. It asks educators to reflect on what they do, and use that reflection to change their practice for the benefit of students.
Library staff can also use an approach like this to:
reflect on the library's role in supporting teaching and learning
The spiral of inquiry is a framework for innovation in education, developed by Helen Timperley (NZ), Linda Kaser, and Judy Halbert (Canada), that builds on the teaching as inquiry model. Its aim is to transform learning in schools, and this is as relevant in the library as it is in the classroom.
The spiral of inquiry:
is a collaborative process
involves learners, their families and communities at every step
starts with a deep understanding of learning and the experiences of learners
focuses on improving the experiences of learners through real changes in practice.