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Celebrating a
Culture of Inquiry
On the quest for mindfulness & quality questions.

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nnovative schools embrace inquiry as a game-changer.
The elements of a culture of inquiry are celebrating
diverse points of view, debating with civil discourse,
and fostering a thirst for deeper understanding.
Inquiry culture permeates the entire school-
teachers, students, and administrators all share a quest
for personalized and collective learning.
In such schools, children, even at the youngest ages,
approach knowledge with scholarly inquiry. They are
asked to delineate between "what we know" versus "what
we believe," and what evidence clarifies those differences.
Students learn to confront inaccuracies, consult with each
other, and develop subject matter expertise.

Quality Questioning
Art integration is based on the inquiry culture. This crossdisciplinary teaching strategy asks students to observe,
be curious, and ask robust questions as they engage in
the four artistic processes: create, present, respond,
and connect. Shauna Kauffman, principal of Arnold
Elementary School in Anne Arundel County, Maryland,
focuses the entire learning community on art integration

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and quality questioning. Here, teachers start lessons with
questions and frame the lesson outcomes as questions.
They guide and assess students' inquiry process. Students
help peers elevate the level of questions and investigative
strategies. "Quality questions take students beyond initial
observations. They ask about evidence and distinguishing
features that could be identity attributions. Then questions
expend into an elaboration phase."
"We start asking questions about the main ideas,
then generate cross-discipline questions, investigate
changes over time, and examine the topic from different
perspectives. Art integration fits perfectly with this inquiry
process," Kauffman explained. "For example, students
step into a painting and see layers of information beneath
the surface. Then students apply this inquiry process to
help plan, make, and present their original artwork that
documents insights they have learned."

An Improved Learning Environment
The learning environment changes-for the better-when
schools embrace an inquiry culture. "Art integration and
the related design thinking and visual problem-solving
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