This blog focuses on the critical evaluation of my Information Search Processes (ISP) that support an art-based Information learning activity (ILA); which is self-designed and delivered as a part of the Learning Nexus unit. The overriding context for this inquiry into information gathering and use, is a class of Year 8 Indigenous students who will be assigned a research based project on an aspect of traditional or contemporary Aboriginal art.
Through my investigations into the theoretical and practical application of Inquiry models and information search processes, it remains essential that the literacy capabilities of my students be a consideration. The greater number of my students are predominantly below the state average in literacy attainment when compared to non-Indigenous students of the same age, but are above the state average of literacy capabilities amongst similar aged Indigenous students. They are therefore, at a juncture where an appropriate inquiry model or combination of, may elevate the potential of becoming inquisitive and self motivated learners. Similarly, I will be looking to investigate models that introduce the process of information inquiry in a non convoluted, well structured manner to invoke an appetite for deeper understanding of the topic. This research project will consist of 6-8 lessons across both terms 3 and 4. Whilst there will be no TL involved in the process, I will deliver the project myself using resources to be found in the art room, the school library, the computer room and an excursion to the Queensland Art Gallery.
Figure 1: “Baramundi Dreaming” (Detail) Acrylic on canvas 120 x190cm. By one of my Year 9Art students.