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Primary Junior Inquiry Process

Here you will find support for teaching the inquiry process in Primary Junior classrooms in Ontario.

Education Librarian

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Brenda Reed
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For Teachers: Collaboration with a Teacher Librarian

Inquiry Process in Ontario

Student Inquiry Process Poster, from the Ontario School Library Association

student inquiry process poster

TDSB Inquiry Process


TDSB Inquiry Process



Peel DSB Inquiry Process


PEEL DSB Inquiry Process


Teachers and Teacher Librarians

Together for Learning

The Together for Learning vision document from the Ontario School Library Association (2010)  outlines the transition of school libraries to learning commons. 

Learning Commons are intended to provide the space, resources, and teacher librarian support for learners to develop multiple literacies:  traditional literacy, information literacy, media, visual, cultural, digital, and critical literacy. 

The document in written with Ontario's inquiry model in mind, so that the iterative experiences of exploring, investigating, processing, and creating are recognized as learning strategies that require explicit support in schools. 

Read this document to discover how Ontario's inquiry model is supported by teacher librarians collaborating with teachers in our schools.



Ontario School Library Association


Canadian School Libraries

School Library Learning Commons

Definition of Guided Inquiry


"Guided Inquiry is a way of thinking, learning, and teaching that changes the culture of the school into a collaborative inquiry community" (Kuhlthau, Maniotes, & Caspari, 2012, p. xiii).

Kuhlthau, C. C., Maniotes, L. K.,  & Caspari, A. K. (2012). Guided inquiry design: A framework for inquiry in your school. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.


Inquiry "requires more of [students] than simply answering questions or getting a right answer. It espouses investigation, exploration, search, quest, research, pursuit, and study. Inquiry does not stand alone; it engages, interests, and challenges students to connect their world with the curriculum" (Kuhlthau, Maniotes, & Caspari 2007, p. 2)

Kuhlthau, C. C., Maniotes, L. K.,  & Caspari, A. K. (2007). Guided inquiry: Learning in the 21st century. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

From the TDSB

Copyright in Classrooms

Status of Teacher Librarians in Ontario

Guided Inquiry as Pedagogy