Novice refers to learners who are new to the research process. It is expected that students in K – 4 will fall into this category. Teachers facilitating development of skills with students of any age may direct inexperienced students to the resources in the novice level as necessary.
Pre-reading students can use the graphic form of the Inquiry Model to help them understand the model’s structure. Students should be taught to relate their classroom experiences to the Inquiry Model. As they are ready, students starting to read on their own will begin to refer to the print form of the Inquiry Model as they work through class projects.
At the novice level, the teacher should introduce activities associated with the model orally, visually, and actively. It is anticipated that projects done at this level will be a whole class experience with one focus initially. Learners will need direct instruction, and are not expected to use the model independently. After working through several curriculum-based class projects, novice learners should:
In addition, they should: