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Information Age Inquiry

Kyle readingKyle is overflowing with questions. Reading the book Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor stimulated Kyle's interest in the care of animals. His concern about the lost pets after the Hurricane Katrina disaster has him exploring information about a career as a veterinarian. What do veterinarians do? What education is required? Is there a need for vets? Would he make a good vet?

Kyle is beginning the journey of the student information scientist. In the chapter Empowered Learning in Curriculum Connections through the Library edited by Stripling and Hughes-Hassell, Violet H. Harada (2003, p. 62) states:

"We need to make a lifelong commitment to inquiry. Although the ability to think critically has always been important, it is imperative for the citizens of the twenty-first century. The decisions that our students make as individuals and as a society on issues that range from preserving and sustaining our environment to combating the atrocities of racism and terrorism will affect all future generations. The information to make responsible choices is at their fingertips. However, if young people cannot think intelligently and sensitively about the myriad issues confronting them, then they are in danger of having all of the answers, but still not understanding what these solutions mean."

This section focuses on inquiry and specifically information inquiry. Read each of the following pages in this website.

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