Librarians know that much of student learning takes place outside the classroom. And rather than wait for students to seek out the library to help them form their research questions, we can support them even earlier in the critical thinking process by helping them shape these questions themselves. This is the power of critical inquiry.
In her SLC article Critical Inquiry: Library Media Specialists as Change Agents, Dr. Kafi Kumasi explains what puts the “critical” in critical inquiry and recommends several ways librarians can support fellow educators and teach the process themselves, including:
- Integrating literature and multimedia materials
- Bringing the act of questioning into the ”Information Environment”
- Providing the right inquiry scaffolding to the school community
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