Collaborative inquiry is designed to help instructors improve their teaching practices. Instructors work together to define problems, co-plan and co-teach to improve outcomes for their students. Instructors come together to evaluate and examine their teaching practices and use their analysis to provide recommendations for improvement.
Collaborative inquiry allows educators to make informed, evidence-based decisions about their curriculum and teaching practices. Four stages in collaborative inquiry include planning, acting, observing and reflecting. In planning, instructors set a shared vision that will be used in acting upon certain objectives. Instructors then observe student learning patterns and themes and reflect upon this information to evaluate whether or not students’ needs have been met.