Focus on Inquiry Report

Friesen, S., Jacobsen, M., Brown, B., Saar, C. & Hampshire, A. (2015).  Focus on inquiry.  A research study completed for Alberta Education, July 31, 2015.  Available here.


Many teachers across Alberta are learning to develop instructional design, teaching, and assessment practices that are more closely aligned with contemporary research on how people learn. One of these learning-focused designs is discipline-based inquiry (Friesen & Scott, 2013).

This research was situated to gain an increased understanding of:

  • How focused discipline-based inquiry teaching and learning impacts organizational change, teaching practices and student learning;
  • How various professional learning strategies impact and translate into changed practices for classroom practice; and
  • The impact of professional learning on student learning.

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