Learner Profile- Inquirer

Sample of learning: October Film Analysis
This formative assessment was where I had to analyze the values and limitations of the silent
film ‘October’ (1928) directed by Sergei Eisenstein and other elements to evaluate how useful
the film is as a source to historians studying the 1917 Russian Revolution.
This task allowed me to familiarize the skill on how to analyze sources, in this case, films
through commenting on the source’s purpose, values and limitations. Before completing this
task, I had very little knowledge regarding the Russian Revolution and didn’t even know the
existence of the silent film ‘October’, hence, I had no idea how useful the film would be to
historians studying the 1917 Russian Revolution. However, because of all the time I had
spent on researching for this task, I gained a lot of knowledge regarding to what extent was
the film ‘October’ useful to historians studying the 1917 Russian Revolution.
I believe I have portrayed the learner profile trait ‘inquirer’ during this task because I kept
asking myself the research question (how useful is the film ‘October’ by Sergei Eisenstein to
historians studying the 1917 Russian Revolution?) while I was researching to make sure my
information was responding to the research question. Also, I kept asking myself what the
values and limitations of the silent film as a source was, whether the film is a reliable source,
and many more guiding questions. I believe I am an inquirer because I was curious about
how useful the film ‘October’ was to historians, so I had completed further research to fulfill
my curiosity. Furthermore, this task also shows my passion for learning because I had used
many different types of sources to gather the information regarding the film. Using a wide
range of sources shows that I am willing to take the time to learn and that I was hoping to get
the most accurate and informative information accessible.
Overall, this task has allowed me to learn how to analyze sources and justify the usefulness of
sources. Lastly, I believe that I have been an inquirer as I constantly asked myself questions
throughout the process of researching for this task, I showed a sense of curiosity which led to
the researching of this task, I showed my love of learning by taking the time to gather
information from many different sources in hope to get the most accurate and informative
information for the task. Ultimately, I was an inquirer because I had analyzed each source to
find out which sources are reliable and may aid my research tasks in my future years of
learning.