A cycle of inquiry
(see Figure 1) is an iterative process of collecting and interpreting
information that will enable you to make decisions about what action to take
next. It has a built in cycle that will enable you to collect more information
if you feel there is not enough to make that decision about the next action.
The cycle of inquiry (Open University, 2016)
A cycle of inquiry will usually be carried out
for two circumstances:
- When an unexpected event has occurred
in your project and you need to take a quick decision about changes you may
need to make to it – this is called refection-in-action.
- When you think that a part of your
project needs to be improved the next time it occurs in your project and you
have time to reflect on what form this improvement may take e.g. how you
conduct and interview or meeting, e.g. how you conduct and interview or meeting
– this is called reflection-on-action.
Both may be
required at different times as a project progresses.
The two important
elements of a cycle of inquiry to make it effective is the information you
select which will help you then reflect well when interpreting this
information. In your reflections you will need to think about what theories and
frameworks help you understand the information, critiquing them to identify their
strengths and weakness and any adaptations you will need to make to make them
work in the context of your project.
inquiry are an important link between the theories and frameworks you have
studied and the practicalities of using them effectively in your work/project
Another way of looking at what a cycle of Inquiry consits of has been produced as a digram by my colleague Rob Moore and is shown in the attached fil, ans asks a series of questions to help you develop your understanding of what is happening and what you need to do next.