Seven fundamental concepts, expressed as key questions, propel the process of inquiry and help to encourage a transdisciplinary perspective. These concepts drive the units of inquiry which teachers and students design. 


What is it like?

The understanding that everything has a form with recognizable features that can be observed, identified, described and categorized.


How does it work?

The understanding that everything has a purpose, a role or way of behaving that can be investigated.


Why is it like this?

The understanding that things do not just happen, that there are causal relationships at work, and that actions have consequences.


How is it changing?

The understanding that change is the process of movement from one state to another. It is universal and inevitable.


How is it connected to other things?

The understanding that we live in a world of interacting systems in which the actions of any individual element affect others.


What are the points of view?

The understanding that knowledge is moderated by perspectives; different perspectives lead to different interpretations, understandings and findings; perspectives may be individual, group, cultural or disciplinary.


What is our responsibility?

The understanding that people make choices based on their understandings, and the actions they take as a result do make a difference.