Identify

Pause and ponder

Identify inquiry question

Decide direction

OPEN | IMMERSE | EXPLORE | IDENTIFY | GATHER | CREATE | SHARE | EVALUATE

Pause your inquiry, form a focus and identify a meaningful inquiry question.
Make use of the background knowledge, ideas discussion and notes to construct and clearly articulate a focused question that will frame the rest of your inquiry.

 

ACTIONS:

  • Consider from your exploration of various sources:
    • Interesting ideas you have pursued
    • Pressing problems which have arisen
    • Emergent themes
  • What is meaningful to you and relevant to your inquiry? What would you like to focus on?
  • Assimilate and reflect upon your exploration to determine an area of concentration.
  • Formulate an inquiry question which is clear, concise and focused. This will allow you to move forward with confidence and clarity.
  • When drafting your inquiry question check the definitions of the words you are using to ascertain whether they clearly communicate your intention.
  • When you have a clear inquiry question consider collaborating and conversing with those around you to test and share the question for further refinement.
  • Ensure the methods of research you are going to employ are ethical. Eg. Before quoting somebody in an interview you have conducted you must ask their permission to do so.

QUESTIONS:

  • What is meaningful to me and relevant to my inquiry?
  • What would I like to focus on?
  • Is my inquiry question too broad? Should I narrow it down to make it achievable and meaningful?
  • Is my inquiry question clearly articulated?
  • Say your inquiry question aloud to a friend. Does it still make sense?

TOOLS:

Edmondo
Brainstorming
Knowledge Compass
Sticky Notes