Chadwick: Inquiry in Action - A Professional Inquiry

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Chadwick International

Art center-daero 97beon-gil, Incheon 406-082

Korea, Republic of

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Teaching Through Inquiry

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” Einstein

This workshop will explore the pedagogy of conceptual inquiry and provide educators with strategies to capture and maximize student's curiosities, to develop practices for recognizing authentic inquiry and creating learning environments that optimize inquiry. It will examine the inquiry process within a conceptual framework and support teachers in their personal experience of inquiry in action.


This workshop offers a practical experience for teachers in the context of the natural world. The setting offers extensive possibilities for teachers to engage in authentic inquiry using the rich and diverse resources on site and in the local area. Teachers will identify an essential question/wondering that will be conceptually focused. They will plan their inquiry process through identifying resources, engaging with the context of the school and the local community. They will use artefacts and digital resources to extend their understandings of the essential question. The inquiry process will evolve into a presentation of their findings, an explanation of the process of inquiry, their role in this process and the application of their experience to their classroom settings.

Setting the Scene

“For me, tension is not stress where you feel overwhelmed and vulnerable; tension is when you feel a need to know and understand.” Kathy Short, Language Arts, Volume 89 Number 2, November 2011

1.Defining & recognizing inquiry

  • Exploring inquiry as a stance

  • Identifying tensions that are significant to them

  • Formulating essential questions/wonderings within a conceptual framework

  • Recognising why it is intriguing and compelling

2. Understanding an Inquiry Process Model

  • Explore the characteristics and responses within a process model for inquiry

  • Practical strategies for planning, teaching and learning through a process of inquiry

Making it Happen

“Teaching is thinking and learning together in order to push your understanding and in order to challenge yourself to go beyond your current understandings.”

3. Resourcing for Inquiry

  • The significance of primary and secondary resources in inquiry

  • The role of student ongoing reflection

  • Building on from student interests and observations

4. A practical application of the inquiry process

  • Power of questioning and observation in the inquiry process

  • Documenting and recording of the inquiry process

  • Gathering evidence to support understandings

Sharing our Inquiries

“Inquiry is an approach to learning that involves a process of exploring the natural or material world, and that leads to asking questions, making discoveries, and rigorously testing those discoveries in the search for new understanding.” Foundations Volume 2

5. Celebration of our inquiry

  • Exhibit and present findings and understandings

  • Collaborative reflection on processes experienced

  • Implications for classroom practice – where to from here?

Resources Required:

  • Materials for recording observations, dialogue, evidence throughout the inquiry (iPads, scrapbooks, post-its, digital tools etc.)
  • Access to spaces within school and surrounding community - wear comfortable shoes!

Audience: All educators interested in deepening their understanding of conceptual inquiry in practice.

Workshop Leader Biography: Andrea Muller

Andrea MULLER is an experienced international teacher, administrator and consultant who has worked in and with many schools throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Middle East and Europe. In these settings, she has had roles that include curriculum coordinator and adviser, and global education program manager. Her current role is consultant and Regional Director of Innovative Global Education. In this role, she works extensively in Asia Pacific and Middle East. Critical to this role is leading and evolving a sustainable model of professional learning. This model involves reviving and designing curriculum frameworks; coaching and mentoring pedagogy in classrooms; reviewing and refining planning, teaching and assessment in both local and international settings. Andrea is a co-author of a recent publication: ‘Taking the Complexity Out of Concepts’ http://www.hbe.com.au/

Workshop Timings:

Saturday 03 November

8.30 - 9.00 Introduction to the conference

9.00 - 10.30 Session One

10.30 - 11.00 Break (snacks provided)

11.00 - 1.00 Session Two

1.00 - 1.45 Lunch (lunch provided)

1.45 - 3.45 Session Three

Sunday 04 November

8.30 - 10.30 Session Four

10.30 - 11.00 Break (snacks provided)

11.00 - 12.30 Session Five (conclusion of workshop)


All participants will receive a certificate of participation for the workshop.


Early Bird Fee: US$300

Registration fee after the 31 August 2018: US$330

Registration fee after the 01 October 2018: US$360

Cancellation Policy

Please note that each workshop will proceed based on participant registration. Innovative Global Education will inform you by 3 October, 2018 if the workshop is to be cancelled. If the workshop is cancelled your full payment will be reimbursed.

Workshop Participation

If Innovative Global Education is informed by 3 October, 2018 that a participant is unable to attend the workshop, a full refund will be given. If notification of not being able to participate is after 3 October, 2018 IGE will be unable to refund the registration fee.

If, for any reason, a school needs to either transfer a registered participant to another workshop from the workshop registered or change the name of the participant attending a workshop, Innovative Global Education can make these changes on request from school or participant.

Travel and Accommodation Information

What do I need to know when making travel plans?

Chadwick International

45, Art center-daero 97 beon-gil, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon, South Korea (22002)

International travel:

Songdo is conveniently located 20 minutes from the Incheon International Airport. Upon arrival, head to the Incheon Taxi ranks outside door 5 of the arrivals wing. A metered taxi from the airport to Chadwick International should cost about 30,000KRW.

Domestic Travel:

Songdo is accessible from Seoul using the metro system (Incheon Line 1) or express busses. More detailed maps and route numbers are available on Chadwick International's webpage. Parking is available on campus.


Map showing hotels and Chadwick International

Songdo is a compact city, easily walkable in all seasons. All of the hotels listed below are within a 10-15 minute walk from Chadwick International's campus.

Central Park Hotel

Orakai Songdo Park Hotel

Sheraton Grand Incheon Hotel

Oakwood Premier Songdo

Holiday Inn Incheon Songdo

Hotel Gyeong Won Jae Ambassador

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