Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Lee Fitzgerald

 Lee Fitzgerald

B.A. Dip Ed., Grad Dip Information Science, Master of Educational Leadership

Lee FitzGerald is a lecturer in the Teacher Librarianship Master's program in the Information Studies department of Charles Sturt University, as well as occasional lecturer in the Knowledge Networking and Digital Innovation Master's program.  She has had a long career as a teacher librarian in primary and secondary school libraries, both independent and public.  She has a passion for school libraries, teacher librarianship, and a strong interest in Guided Inquiry as an emerging pedagogy. Lee is an advocate of the teaching role of the teacher librarian, especially as it is facilitated by inquiry learning.  She is also interested in applying evidence-based practice to confirm the growth of deep learning through inquiry. Since joining Charles Sturt University in 2014, Lee has been involved, and continues to be involved, in research projects in partnership with Dr. Kasey Garrison on the ways in which students in high school use and transfer the Guided Inquiry Design process.  Lee was editor of Scan, the NSW DET journal for teacher librarians in the 1990s. In recent years, Lee has worked with the Loreto community in Darjeeling District in India to set up and maintain a small, manual library in the tea gardens district below the Himalayas at Loreto Panighatta near Siliguri. Lee is due to finish a book for ABC Clio in November 2017, entitled Guided Inquiry goes global: Evidence-based practice in action.

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Lee has been involved in the following research studies since 2014:


Does Guided Inquiry enhance learning and metacognition?

Lee carried out this research alone at a Sydney school in 2014.  Volunteers were from an Ancient History class carrying out an historical investigation using Guided Inquiry methods, and from a Modern History class which did not have the scaffolding of Guided Inquiry.  Findings indicated a positive relationship between using GI methods and scaffolding and enhanced learning and metacognition.

Lee presented a paper from this study at the IASL conference in Maastricht, Netherlands, in August, 2015


How do students use and transfer the Guided Inquiry Design process?

Over two studies, Dr. Kasey Garrison and Lee worked with students in Year 7 and 8 at a Sydney school, who were undertaking Guided Inquiry in History and Geography in Year 7, and History in Year 8. Findings indicated increased facility with the GID process with repetition.

Lee presented a paper from this study at the ECIL conference in Prague, in October, 2016


Exploring students' use and perceptions of Guided Inquiry

This year, Dr Garrison and Lee are working at another co-educational school in Sydney with Year 9 students, investigating students' use and perceptions of Guided Inquiry across two subjects, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, and History.

Lee has been accepted to present a Pecha Kucha session at the ECIL conference in Saint Malo, in September, 2017

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Lee has been involved in teaching MEdTL subjects since 2014, though since 2015, has taught Digital Literature to the KNDI program.  She has taught ETL401 – Introduction to Teacher Librarianship; ETL504 – Teacher Librarian as Leader; and ETL503 – Resourcing the Curriculum.

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FitzGerald, L. (2016). Does Guided Inquiry enhance learning and metacognition? Synergy, 14(1)

FitzGerald, L., (2015)  Opportunity knocks: The Australian Curriculum and Guided Inquiry.  Access, 30/2 pp 5-17

FitzGerald, L. (2015) Guided Inquiry in practice. Scan, 34/4, pp16-27


Guided Inquiry goes Global: Evidence-based practice in action.

Literature Circles: Reading in Action, Charles Sturt University, 2000, co authored with Darelyn Dawson.


  • Aligning Guided Inquiry with the Australian Curriculum: September edition of Access, 2014
  • Practice meets theory: A Guided Inquiry Update. Access, November, 2012. P18-26
  • The twin purposes of Guided Inquiry: Guiding student inquiry and evidence-based practice. Scan, Volume 30, No 1, Feb. 2011.
  • Investigating Guided Inquiry: a beginning' in Scan 26(2) May pp. 30-37, 2007
  • Literature Circles: Reading in Action, Charles Sturt University, 2000
  • Steps to Assessment Success, jointly with Darelyn Dawson, October, 1999
  • How do Literature Circles work? Orana, June, 1998


  • September, 2014: Guided Inquiry under the Microscope, ALIA National Conference.
  • May, 2014: Case Studies in Guided Inquiry  at Guided Inquiry Design for the Australian Curriculum
  • February, 2014: Teacher librarians as innovators and collaborators in the Australian Curriculum: Unpacking the Australian Curriculum for  School Library Association of Victoria,
  • October, 2013: Guided Inquiry Update at the AIS Teacher Librarian meeting 22 October
  • July 2013: Reflection through Guided Inquiry at the Dominican Education Conference
  • April, 2013: Inquiry Centred Learning in Australia: A Close View at The Third International Research Symposium, CiSSL
  • October, 2011: Guided Inquiry – Does it work? For ASLA conference, St. Ignatius College, Riverview, October 4, 2011.
  • October, 2010: Presentation of a paper on Guided Inquiry at IASL in Brisbane
  • March, 2010: Presentation with Vicki Palmer of Brisbane Boys' Grammar School, on Guided Inquiry in School Library Associations of Queensland conferences in Far North Queensland.
  • March, 2010: Presentation of findings of AIS/CEC research project on Guided Inquiry, by Ross Todd, and practitioner presentations at Barker College Hornsby.
  • October, 2008: Guided Inquiry, Just Do It at the School Library Association of Queensland conference: February 2008: Presentation at ASLA conference on Guided Inquiry
  • August 2007: Presentation on Guided Inquiry at AIS Teacher librarian network meeting
  • June 2007: Presentation on Guided Inquiry at Department of Education Teacher librarian network meeting
  • September, 2006: The quest for the perfect assignment, ICT Integrators' conference
  • July 2005: Are we nearly there yet? One teacher librarian's approach to achieving information literacy, IASL Conference, Hong Kong
  • April 2005: Meeting the challenge – Getting there – Using the library to achieve syllabus outcomes. ASLA National Conference
  • October 2002: Leading and Learning with the Library web page at ASLA NSW Conference:
  • August 2001: Collaboration: CPPT for You and Me at Parramatta Catholic Teacher-librarians group,
  • August 2001: Literature Circles, St George District Teacher-Librarian's conference
  • June 2001: Web Quests, AIS Teacher-librarian's group with Darelyn Dawson.

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