Impact of inquiry-based working on the capacity to change in primary education

Amels, J., Krüger, M., Suhre, C. & van Veen, K., Aug-2019, In : Journal of Educational Change. 20, 3, p. 351–374 24 p.

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Educational improvement projects are increasingly focused upon the significant role of data in determining student performance, teachers’ learning, and schools’ ability to initiate local reforms. Thus, schools are moving toward a new approach to learning, progressing from the routine to the non-routine through inquiry-based working. In addition, educational improvement requires teachers to exhibit the capacity to change, namely, to implement the innovations proposed by government agencies or the schools themselves. Therefore, the current study investigates the extent to which the inquiry-based working of primary school teachers predicts their capacity to change. Furthermore, the study identifies which aspects of inquiry-based working are the critical drivers in the capacity to change. A mixed model analysis of questionnaire data collected from a sample of 787 teachers at 65 Dutch elementary schools revealed that the central aspects of inquiry-based work (i.e., working with an inquiry habit of mind, demonstrating data literacy, using data in the classroom, and using data at the school level) are significant in promoting an increased capacity to change. Working with an inquiry habit of mind emerged as the most critical aspect. Data use in the classroom and at the school level are complementary factors that also enhance a teacher’s capacity to change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351–374
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Educational Change
Issue number3
Early online date15-Feb-2019
Publication statusPublished - Aug-2019


  • Capacity to change, Collaboration, Inquiry habit of mind, Inquiry-based working, Professional learning activities, DECISION-MAKING, PROFESSIONAL-DEVELOPMENT, ACADEMIC-ACHIEVEMENT, SELF-EFFICACY, SCHOOL, TEACHER, LEADERSHIP, SUPPORT, OPPORTUNITIES, SATISFACTION

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