There are many models of Inquiry Based Learning. The links below will take you to further reading about some of the most well known models.
Most of the models follow a similar process; a comparison of the models can be seen below.


Comparison of Inquiry Models

Excellent comparison sourced from http://virtualinquiry.com/inquiry/topic71model.pdf created by Annette Lamb

The Big 6 : Eisenberg & Berkowitz, 2000
1. Task Definition
2. Information Seeking Strategies
3. Location and Access
4. Use of Information
5. Synthesis

6. Evaluation

Guided Inquiry: Kuhlthau & Todd


1 Initiation
2 Selection

3 Exploration
4 Formulation
5 Collection
6 Presentation
7 Assessment



Research Process Model Stripling & Pitts (1988)
1 Choose a broad topic.
2 Get an overview of the topic.
3 Narrow the topic.
4 Develop a thesis or statement of purpose.
5 Formulate questions to guide research.
6 Plan for research and production.
7 Find / Analyze / Evaluate sources.
8 Evaluate evidence / Take notes / Compile bibliography.
9 Establish conclusions
10 Create and present final product.


The 8 Ws - Annette Lamb

  • Watching (Exploring)
  • Wondering (Questioning)
  • Webbing (Searching)
  • Wiggling (Evaluating)
  • Weaving (Synthesizing)
  • Wrapping (Creating)
  • Waving (Communicating)
  • Wishing (Assessing)

The information process - New South Wales

1. Defining
2. Locating
3. Selecting
4. Organising
5. Presenting
6. Assessing



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