Students collect, organize, and record relevant data, evidence, and/or information from appropriate primary or secondary sources. They focus and clarify ideas, concepts, strategies, or relationships between topics or skills.
As educators guide students through the Gather and Organize component, they may refer to Figure 5 to give consideration to the planned level of student autonomy, taking into account student needs and educator comfort.
Once students have an inquiry question, they begin to gather and record evidence to ultimately answer the question using a variety of credible sources.
Sources of information used to answer inquiry questions will vary depending upon the context of the inquiry. For example, finding information about healthy eating or sexual health may involve using sources such as books, databases, and health nurses. Finding information about fitness levels, movement skill, concepts, and game strategies may require using data collection tools such as fitness assessments and various game experiences.
To ensure students are using critical-thinking skills and are not simply giving personal opinions, students need to collect current, relevant information and evidence from different perspectives from which they later draw their conclusions. Students are required to use critical-thinking skills throughout an inquiry, although analysis of sources occurs during the Interpret and Analyse component of inquiry.