Spiral of Inquiry

Inquiry is about being open to new learning and taking informed action.  The Spiral of Inquiry assists network schools in taking an inquiry-oriented, evidence-based approach to learning and teaching — one that focuses on making the education system more equitable through the provision of high quality learning opportunities for all young people.

The Spiral of Inquiry has six key stages: scanning, focusing, developing a hunch, new professional learning, taking action and checking that a big enough difference has been made. At each stage in the spiral, three questions are asked: What is going on for our learners? How do we know? and Why does this matter?

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The Spirals of Inquiry: for equity and quality handbook offers specific inquiry tools, research evidence and examples from practice in BC schools that will assist in conceptualizing inquiry-based learning and developing strategies for shifting thinking and practice. It presents an approachable and yet innovative framework for inquiry that is now influencing schools and districts across BC and in other parts of the world. Proceeds from book sales will go directly to inquiring schools. For information on how to order, click here.
The Spiral Playbook (2017) is a condensed, plain language version of Spirals of Inquiry and tells of the work of many educators in BC and the Yukon. It is also a fundraiser for the Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network. You can obtain copies by contacting Jennifer at the BCPVPA offices. All proceeds go to educator leadership in developing Indigenous world views through small grants to schools.