INFORMATION LITERACY: GUIDED
Maeve E. Cunningham
Many students think this is an okay thing to do because
they don’t know better!
WHAT IS GUIDED INQUIRY DESIGN?
By Carol C. Kuhlthau & Leslie K. Maniotes
“Prepares today’s learners for an uncertain future
by providing the education that enables them to
make meaning from myriad sources of information
in a rapidly evolving world.”
SIX CS OF GUIDED INQUIRY
All of these applied
together will enhance the
student’s ability in the
GUIDED INQUIRY PROCESS
“Administrators who realize
that the ability to evaluate
and use information from a
variety of sources is a
necessary life skill for
students to understand that
the library is essential in the
information age of school.”
This realization is
important for all
individuals in the
WHY IS GUIDED INQUIRY ESSENTIAL?
Betters student’s research skills, applies outsideclassroom knowledge, consider other’s ideas, etc.
Teaches students to think outside the box.
All of the skills learned can assist the student in
higher education & their career.
THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL
Being to understand it after practice and implementation
See guided inquiry as a requirement
Have a sense of ownership
Think guided inquiry is a life skill
Have the confidence to implement guided inquiry
See guided inquiry as an integral skill
WHAT CAN I DO?
…as a teacher, parent, community member…
WHAT CAN YOU DO FOR YOUR STUDENT?
Help establish a safe environment for students to
Consider all ideas carefully
Accept different points of views
Bring outside experiences to learning environment
WHAT DO STUDENTS NEED?
High quality resources
A variety of resources (databases, books,
Community resources: museums, government
buildings, businesses, etc.
Going to the museum
Students are able
participate in fieldwork
by working with experts
and museum artifacts
Going to a business
Students can interview
employees in a field
they may be interested
in pursuing a career in
Learn from first hand
WHY IS IT WORTH IT?
Students will develop skills they can take through
their education to their career
Students will become more creative
They will be able to utilize and understand different
outlets for information
Students will know WHERE and HOW to get the
information they need
The evaluation process of guided inquiry teaches to
students to process what is appropriate and what is
“The problem is—and this is true of
books and every other medium—we
don’t know whether the information
we find [on the Web] is accurate or
not…So we have to teach people how
to assess what they’ve found. That’s a
skill…which is important no matter
what the medium. It’s just more
dramatic in the World Wide Web,
where there’s so much juxtaposition
of the good stuff and not-so-good stuff
and flat-out-wrong stuff or deliberate
misinformation or plain ignorance. ”