Application of Information-Learning Theories



While investigating and researching Guided Inquiry (GI) and Geography, I have been conducting my own inquiry and travelling through the Information Search Process (ISP).  Reflecting on my personal experience in relation to the elements of Kuhlthau’s GI design framework and ISP (Kuhlthau, Maniotes & Caspari, 2012), it was useful to be conscious of of my feelings during each stage.  At some stages, my feelings contrasted with Kuhlthau’s generalisations, which demonstrates how students can feel differently from each other at the different stages, and this may vary from task to task.  As a result, it is important for teachers to make students aware that it is expected and natural to experience varying waves of emotion throughout the process, and for teachers to provide adequate support and guidance along the way.  Another discovery for me has been the value of the “open” and “immerse” stages.  For this task, these stages made me excited, engaged and motivated, and gave me useful background information.  As I found the “explore” stage quite difficult and a bit overwhelming, my positive feelings about the previous two stages helped to balance out these feelings.  I have described my journey below:


Kuhlthau, C. C., Maniotes, L. K., & Caspari, A. K. (2012). Guided inquiry design framework. Retrieved from