Inquiry has become the clear signal in social studies. We introduced the Questions-Tasks-Sources (QTS) Observation Protocol that we have deployed in Spring 2020.
The QTS Observation Protocol has four parts: 1) Use of Questions; 2) Use of Performance Tasks; 3) Use of Disciplinary Sources; and, 4) Creates and Maintains Learning Environment. Each part of the instrument includes a set of indicators that describes both discrete and intersecting aspects of the overarching idea.
Research is underway for coaching in-service teachers using the protocol as well as in pre-service teaching programs. Read about the protocol that aims to support an inquiry culture for social studies.