Drawing on what you might
already know in order to
better understand what
you do not yet know
Identifying those questions
that will best guide
Knowing what scholarly
resources are available
and being able to use
Evaluating how you have
worked and what you
Making the most compelling
case given your evidence
Building an accurate
on factual evidence
Skills FrameworkRead More
Drawing on what you might already know in order to better understand what you do not yet knowRead More
Identifying those questions that will best guide your investigationRead More
Knowing what scholarly resources are available and being able to use them effectivelyRead More
Building an accurate understanding based on factual evidenceRead More
Making the most compelling case given your evidence and audienceRead More
Evaluating how you have worked and what you have producedRead More
Inquiry is an approach to learning. FOSIL is a model of the inquiry process with an underlying PK-12 (age 4-18) framework of skills. These tools help educators to design and resource effective inquiries – often as a collaborative team involving teachers and librarians – and to support students engaged in inquiry.
The FOSIL Cycle, based on Stripling’s Cycle of Inquiry, begins at the top with Connect. The arrows between phases are double-headed because students will inevitably move backwards and forwards between stages as they make their way clockwise around the Cycle. Without intervention they may become stuck in a particular stage or miss another out altogether, and a part of the educator’s role is to intervene appropriately, either directly or by providing scaffolding resources.
Use the links in the Cycle above to explore each inquiry stage, including examples of scaffolding resources, and the underlying skills framework.
The skills that enable the stages in the inquiry learning process form skills sets, which occur in logical order within each stage, and which may be downloaded below as A3 PDF documents or PNG images.