Resources of all kinds play an important part in inquiry-based learning. They can:
- inspire inquiry — by sparking curiosity and acting as catalysts for developing questions
- inform inquiry — essential for investigating a topic in depth and developing new understanding.
Your school library is a storehouse for collections that support inquiry, including:
- physical resources — a collection of printed materials and objects
- digital resources — available through the library's online presence
- local resources — references to sites, places, or events that can support inquiry
- people — access to local experts whose knowledge and insights can inspire or inform inquiry.
By developing a diverse collection of rich resources, you actively support inquiry in your school.
What such a collection looks like
Resources to support inquiry will be:
- in a range of formats
- cover a wide variety of subjects, interests, and perspectives
- acknowledge and respect the diversity of your community
- considers mātauranga Māori (a Māori world view, Māori knowledge, and values)
- reflect teachers' and students' ideas in the selection or creation of resources
- provide varied perspectives for in-depth study
- be responsive to the changing needs of teachers, students, and the community
- meet the needs of a wide range of learners and learning abilities
- incorporate kaitiakitanga (custodianship) of the resources as taonga
- be available for easy access either in the physical library space or online.
Building an inclusive collection