Herron developed a model
which classified inquiries on a scale of 0 (Confirmation/Verification)
to 3 (Open Inquiry) depending on how much teacher structure is supplied
and whether there is an already existing solution to the problem or question.
I like this model because it ties in with my beliefs about the need for
scaffolded/guided inquiry when students (of any age) are new to inquiry.
The following table is adapted from one on: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/wip/four_levels.htm
Herron, M.D. (1971). The nature of scientific enquiry. School Review, 79(2), 171- 212.
Modified Herron's Model
I have made some modifications to Herron's model (see table below). Firstly I have renumbered the levels as I feel that naming it 0 implies it is not inquiry. It is certainly very low-level inquiry but I believe it is still has a place at times. Secondly, I have restructured the table to make the desired outcome clearer. I have renamed the final level Independent Inquiry as I feel this more accurately describes the level. This table has been updated in 2016.
Table modified from http://edweb.sdsu.edu/wip/four_levels.htm
Adapted from: Herron, M.D. (1971). The nature of scientific enquiry. School Review, 79(2), 171- 212.
2016 Jan-Marie Kellow