This site presents the Cultural Inquiry Process (CIP)
and provides resources for its use. The CIP was designed by Evelyn
Jacob at George Mason University to help educators improve education
through action research about cultural influences on students. The
basic components of the site are listed in the left frame and briefly
- Site Tips
- Provides new users with an overview of how to use
the site and CIP Guidebook, explains the navigational links in the Guidebook,
and provides answers to frequently asked questions.
- New users should start here.
- Presents the CIP action research steps (which incorporate research and theory from educational anthropology and related disciplines), CIP studies (which demonstrate how educators used the CIP to address their puzzlements), and Cultural Success Stories (which summarize research documenting positive outcomes of educational interventions based on cultural influences).
- Provides support for using the CIP Guidebook, including
a "work online" option that allows users to take notes about
their own puzzlements while viewing the guidebook.
- Provides a collection of links to other web sites
that contain material valuable to educational practitioners who are
dealing with culturally-based puzzlements.
- Describes a graduate course (offered through the Graduate
School of Education at George
Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia) in which the CIP is taught
and educational practitioners receive support in using the CIP to explore
their own puzzlements.
- Site Information
- Contains a Site Map (listing all pages and links to
those pages), information the people involved in developing the CIP
and the CIP Web site, information regarding copyrights, guidelines for
citing the CIP Web site, and acknowledgments.
- Offers opportunities to identify bad links and other
needed corrections, to provide suggestions regarding content, and to
complete a brief survey about your use of the site.