Discover the Power of Shared Inquiry

Strong inquiry-based learning has been proven to engage all students at higher levels of reading and thinking. Our research-based approach to learning through questioning and collaboration is what we call Shared Inquiry™.

In Shared Inquiry, the teacher serves as model learner and coach, showing how to explore complex texts and rich content while shifting to a student-centered process. The goal is creating a community of learners where every student is supported and challenged to find his or her own voice, develop deep understanding, and engage in respectful, civil discourse to learn from others.

Shared Inquiry enhances all the basic language arts skills—reading comprehension, critical thinking, writing, speaking, and listening—and enables students to learn more across the curriculum.

In Shared Inquiry, students—guided by their teacher—explore fiction and nonfiction texts by discussing open-ended questions and sharing responses and insights. In schools that use our classroom materials and method of teaching and learning, students consider important ideas, discover how these ideas have shaped events of the past, and learn critical thinking skills that will prepare them for the future.

Smiling and cheerful schoolgirls reading a book together during inquiry based learning

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Great Books Professional Development

Our professional development programs are designed to help educators learn, practice, and master the Shared Inquiry method of teaching and learning.

Our online Shared Inquiry training courses will get educators up to speed and give them the confidence and support they need to lead engaging discussions with their students.

Our experienced trainers have helped thousands of educators use this method with Junior Great Books classroom materials and other curricula. Learning Forward has cited the Great Books Foundation’s professional development courses as effective in improving students’ learning results.

Great Books trained teacher uses inquiry based learning to engage student