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Inquiring Minds Want to Learn

Posing Good Questions to Promote Student Inquiry

Hook students into learning with inquiry and questioning. Inquiring Minds Want to Learn guides students down four different inquiry pathways: Foundational, Understanding, Deep, and Expertise. This book delivers detailed guidance for how to phrase and pose good questions that facilitate inquiry-based learning.


  • Understand what it means to teach and learn with an inquiring mind.
  • Learn the elements of the Inquiring Minds Framework and why the framework is important.
  • Reflect on how to engage in effective inquiry and questioning with end-of-chapter applications.
  • Rephrase academic standards into essential questions to better assess and advance student understanding.
  • Conceptualize how to apply the Inquiring Minds Framework through personal stories from the author.
  • Learn how to use Socratic questioning, prompts, and stimuli to promote inquiry and build cognitive rigor.
  • Explore the pros and cons of using artificial intelligence to create meaningful questions.

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About the Author
Introduction: The Quandary With Inquiry and Questioning in Education
Chapter 1: What Is an Inquiring Mind?
Chapter 2: What Forms of Inquiry Can Students Engage in and Experience?
Chapter 3: How Do Good Questions Promote Cognitive Rigor and Prompt Inquiry?
Chapter 4: How Can Students Be “Hooked” Into Inquiry Using Good Questions?
Chapter 5: How Could Good Questions Personalize Inquiry and Promote Expertise?
Chapter 6: How Can Good Questions and Inquiry Address and Assess Understanding?
Chapter 7: How Do Students’ Good Questions Foster and Further Foundational Inquiry?
Chapter 8: How Could Inquiry and Questioning Deepen Teaching and Learning?
Epilogue: Considerations for Teaching and Learning With an Inquiring Mind
Reference and Resources


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8



  • Francis, E. M. (2022). Deconstructing depth of knowledge: A method and model for deeper teaching and learning. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Marzano, R. J., & Simms, J. A. (2014). Questioning sequences in the classroom. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Resources.