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The teacher sees creatively and imaginatively in the medium, the student, a mixture of the actual and the potential just as the student actualizes the teacher’s potential and limits. 26 This personal journey to understand the theory behind inquiry led me to sympathize with von Glasersfeld. ’ It does not allow students to construct their learning. ‘Radical inquiry’ starts with the interests of the student but takes constructivism to another level of complexity that involves the transformation of teacher and student, erasing the difference between them and reinforcing the importance of a community of learners.

Feminist and minority concerns can be countered through careful conversation and consideration. Blurring the boundaries between curriculum and currere, the ‘what to teach’ and ‘how to teach’ with ‘who teaches’ is the final rejection of Ramus’ ghost of control. Inquiry learning, although grounded in constructivism, requires one step further. It is not just teachers who help students construct learning. Reconceptualist inquiry returns full circle to support Dewey’s transformation and transaction.

Topics from Research Meta Analysis Discourse Negotiation Choice Flexibility Accepting uncertainty Thinking The resulting themes REFLECTION ~ ACTION Planning Assessment Authentic tasks Concepts and conceptual understanding Questions to start and direct inquiry of Guiding inquiry: sharing the responsibility Social skills and learning dispositions: the intangibles of inquiry? THEME 1. GUIDING INQUIRY: SHARING THE RESPONSIBILITY Common questions parents and administrators ask teachers in inquiry-based programmes are, “How do you teach with so few or no textbooks?

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