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Greater Essex County District School Board
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Collaborative Inquiry Reports
Overview of Collaborative Inquiry 2014-2015

"In effect, collaborative teacher inquiry is rapidly becoming a commonly held stance within professional practice in Ontario as we transform our conceptions of professional learning" (Hannay, Wideman and Seller, 2010).

Collaborative inquiry is a process in which participants come together to examine their own educational practice systematically and carefullt using techniques of research. It may include as few as two educators or a group of several educators interested in addressing a school, department, division, or classroom issue driven by the consideration of student learning needs.

CI Logo.pngStage 1 - Problem Framing
During this stage, the team determines a shared vision, develops an inquiry about a particular link between professional practices and student results, and formulates a theory of action.

Stage 2 - Collecting Evidence
In the second stage, collaborative inquiry teams determines what type of data to collect, how to collect the data, and where to collect it.

Stage 3 - Analyzing Evidence
Teams learn how to make meaning of data by identifying patterns and themes and formulating conclusions.

Stage 4 - Celebrating and Sharing
During this final stage, teams come together to celebrate and share their understandings.

In 2014-2015, the University of Windsor and the Greater Essex County District School Board partnered once again to support teams of educators as they engaged in the process of collaborative inquiry.

  • ​15 proposals were selected from within-school and between-school teams.
  • Teachers received release time to participate.
  • A school-board consultant and/or university researcher joined each team to provide ongoing support.
  • Teams met at least 4 times to identify inquiry questions related to their teaching practice, to collect and analyze evidence, plan for next steps, and report results.
  • During the Learning Fair, teams presented their inquiries and findings through posters, display boards, photos and video presentations.