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Teaching as inquiry and the Hawthorne effect

Claire Amos


Once we’ve shaped an inquiry into our own teaching, should we share our question with the students in the class?


There are many reasons why teachers might hesitate to share their inquiry questions with their students, from concerns about sharing the needs of specific learners to a desire to keep their professional learning private. Indeed, there might be very good grounds for a teacher to feel students being aware of the question might compromise the inquiry process (a phenomenon known as the Hawthorne effect). There is, however, much to be gained by teachers sharing their practice with students.

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