Fosil Learning by finding out for yourself
connect
wonder
investigate
construct
express
reflect

Drawing on what you might
already know in order to
better understand what
you do not yet know

Identifing those questions
that will best guide
your investigation

Knowing what scholarly
resources are available
and being able to use
them effectively

Evaluating how you have
worked and what you
have produced

Making the most compelling
case given your evidence
and audience

Building an accurate
understanding based
on factual evidence

Skills Framework

Skills Framework

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connect

Drawing on what you might already know in order to better understand what you do not yet know

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wonder

Identifing those questions that will best guide your investigation

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investigate

Knowing what scholarly resources are available and being able to use them effectively

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construct

Building an accurate understanding based on factual evidence

Read More
express

Making the most compelling case given your evidence and audience

Read More
reflect

Evaluating how you have worked and what you have produced

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Inquiry is an approach to learning. FOSIL is a model of the inquiry process with an underlying 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.