Explore interesting ideas
The Explore phase will prepare you to develop a meaningful inquiry question.
There are different kinds of reading for different stages in your inquiry process.
During this phase you should browse a variety of sources of information for interesting ideas.
Keep an open mind and reflect on the new information as you begin to find questions which seem particularly important to you.
- Lightly read or ‘Dip In’ to a variety of texts and sources.
- By only ‘dipping’ into the information you are enabling yourself to explore further into interesting ideas without overwhelming yourself with too many facts which may not fit together or aren’t important.
- Browse, scan or skim texts for relevant information and key words.
- Identify information which has links to the inquiry topic.
- Continue to assess the credibility of sources – fact – opinion – deficiencies – inconsistencies – bias.
- Record new information and paths of inquiry.
- Make a habit of ‘Stop and Jot’ – when you come across a good idea or question.
- Jot ideas down in notes or brainstorming, now is not the time to take extensive, detailed notes.
- Divide a page into two columns, one for page number and source, one for your ideas and questions.
- Synthesise and reflect upon the new information with an open mind to form a meaning full inquiry question.
- How will I record new information?
- What sources of information can I explore?
- How will I know where to look within a text for relevant information?
- How can I assess the credibility of a source?
- What is holding my interest as I explore? (This may lead you to your inquiry question)
- How can I summarise what I am reading or seeing?
- Is what I am exploring still relevant to the inquiry topic? How?
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