This project would not have been possible without the work of Jenny and the library staff. The belief in the process and the confidence she instilled, in both teachers and students, truly drove the project on.
As a department we have decided to run the project again next September, albeit with a few minor tweaks, specifically:
Putting more of an emphasis on the connect and wonder stages of each topic. I was guilty of neglecting a couple of these but in hindsight they really opened up the individual topics to the students
Ensuring the first lesson clearly spells out the reasons for doing a spider-web discussion (to win hearts and minds as early as possible)
Making sure students complete the construct sheet as they go along as some found completing it in full a day or two before the discussion a little heavy going
We are very keen to build on this experience and give students a further opportunity to lead a discussion, so we are planning on delivering another inquiry based project in the spring term on the inequality in the distribution of income and wealth.