Resources for Practitioners

What is

Authentic Inquiry

Authentic Inquiry is an intervention designed to build personally relevant knowledge which is useful in education. The personally relevant topic is identified by the learner, enabling greater opportunity for connection with the learning process. This is done by taking the learners’ interest through their own narratives and stories (personal) and navigating this towards the production of an ‘artefact’ such as a piece of art, poster or other product that has some external educational value (public). In so doing, a connection between the personal and the public is developed. More detailed information about Authentic Inquiry is available within the training materials.

Learning Journey Platform

The project is supported by the learning journey platform in both education staff’s and young people’s learning journeys.

The learning journey platform is a web-based software application, which facilitates users’ reflection on the progress along their journey and identifies areas of focus for them as learners. The platform captures users’ self-reflection data using a self-report questionnaire and produces visual feedback to individuals and groups based on a pre-defined assessment framework. Anonymous data can also be extracted for more advanced analysis offline.

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Training Materials

Training Guidance Booklet

This output of the RENYO project has been to develop and produce an Authentic Inquiry training programme available for European practitioners to use in their own secure settings. The training materials are available to download here. The diagram present in the Training Guidance Booklet clarifies what is available.

Also available in: DEITES

Also available in: DEITES

Additional Resources for Educators

Guidance Document for Educators

This document is a short guide for educators to use following training. It will support educators to work through the Authentic Inquiry process.

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Using Authentic Inquiry – The mentor’s experience

This document offers practitioners insights from mentors who have used the Authentic Inquiry process within secure settings.

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Quantitative Analysis of Learning Power Data

This report analyses the data of the Learning Journey Platform. It looks at the learning power of the educators and young people and evaluates whether and how it changed over the course of their own authentic inquiry.

Quantitative analysis of learning power data

Also available in: DEITES

Quantitative analysis on educators learning power data

Also available in: DEITES