I love the way you framed it here, Jenn! And I also think that this is part of what makes Guided Inquiry so appealing to me. It is definitely an Inquiry process, but the Third Space concept that is inherent in that process helps to create an Inquiry process that is closer to inquiry. It is, at its best, a door lickin’ Inquiry process!
Looking at it from the other angle, I wonder if some of these other frameworks – the PBL, Design Thinking, and the like – aim to be inquiry with the assumption that the students will have the skills to get the kinds of answers they need, or if the scaffolding of the skills is so inherent in the process that it is assumed and not discussed. I wonder if we’re repeating the “Digital Native” mistake by assuming that students have skills that they may not.
Thanks for taking the time to reply, Jenn!