The Kids Inquiry Conference: Tensions in Literacy Activities, Practices, and Actions across Elementary-Level Spaces for Student-Driven Inquiry
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This exploratory case study aims to better understand the interactions between and literacy activities, practices, and actions of fifth-grade students, their teachers, and learning environments during a student-directed extended inquiry unit (the Kids Inquiry Conference – KIC) where students propose their own topics to be researched. This study details how inquiry as cultural activity unfolded over time and across spaces within the school (i.e. the fifth-grade classroom, library, etc.). The goal is to understand how enactment of inquiry as a cultural activity – including the repertoires of practice, spatial arrangements, and materials in interaction with participants – both fits into and creates tensions within the larger school context and culture.