|Only a person who has questions can
in Curriculum Design
Inquiry is an activity we engage in every day. We ask
questions of ourselves and others in our quest for understanding. In our own inquiries, we
seek understanding by engaging in daily activities, working on projects, or perfonning
tasks. These are some of the ways we are constantly learning.
In curriculum design, teachers can make use of the many
forms of inquiry to promote understanding for our students. What questions really engage
students? What questions will help frame a course of study? What questions do students
want to explore? What content is worth learning?
We use the word inquiry when discussing curriculum design
to make a slight distinction from other forms of instructional planning. We wish to simply
emphasize the importance of questions in the design of learning. When questions are used
strategically, they help frame ideas, lead to new ideas, and promote learning.