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The EQUIP (Electronic Quality of Inquiry Protocol) is designed to measure the quantity and quality of inquiry instruction being facilitated in K-12 math and science classrooms. The instrument does not seek to measure all forms of quality instruction–only those that are inquiry-based in nature.

EQUIP is available for both teachers and researchers to use in their work. We welcome any thoughts and comments that you may have regarding the usefulness of EQUIP and recommendations for future improvements.

The following resources are available:

  • Book
  • Webinar to orient new users
  • Training videos (go to the lesson planning tab, log in, and select EQUIP training)
  • PDF version of EQUIP is available for download
  • Electronic Support
  • Consulting Support
  • Articles regarding EQUIP

Succeeding With Inquiry   Book: Succeeding with Inquiry in Science and Math Classrooms.

Webinar: A webinar is available to provide an overview of EQUIP. Select the EQUIP Webinar link to view.

Training Videos: Four science and four math videos are available to help practice using EQUIP. These videos (with detailed analysis keys) can be used for standardizing individual or group observations. The videos can be found by selecting the lesson planning tab, registering/signing in, and then selecting the EQUIP training tab.

PDF: EQUIP is available as PDF file for individuals or groups to print and use as needed. Note that the PDF may not always display properly in some browsers, so save the file after opening to view properly. Download PDF. Please use proper citations if you use the instrument: EQUIP is copyrighted by Inquiry in Motion (2009). All rights reserved. Marshall, J. C., Horton, B., Smart, J., & Llewellyn, D. (2009). EQUIP: Electronic Quality of Inquiry Protocol: Retrieved from Clemson University’s Inquiry in Motion Institute,

Electronic Support: For schools or research programs that will be gathering numerous EQUIP observations, support is available to help gather, analyze, and report EQUIP data all electronically using Android or iOS products. For more details see:

Consulting Support: For additional guidance relating to professional development or specific research projects relating to EQUIP and/or inquiry-based instruction, please contact Jeff Marshall directly.

Publications related to EQUIP:

Marshall, J. C., Smart, J. B., & Alston, D. M. (2016). Inquiry-Based Instruction: A Possible Solution to Improving Student Learning of Both Science Concepts and Scientific Practices. International Journal for Science and Mathematics Education.

Marshall, J. C., & Alston, D. M. (2014). Effective, sustained inquiry-based instruction promotes higher science proficiency among all groups: A five-year analysis. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 25(7), 807-821. doi: 10.1007/s10972-014-9401-4

Marshall, J. C., Smart, J., Lotter, C., & Sirbu, C. (2011). Comparative analysis of two inquiry observational protocols:  Striving to better understand the quality of teacher facilitated inquiry-based instruction. School Science and Mathematics, 111(6), 306-315.

Marshall, J. C., & Horton, R. M. (2011). The relationship of teacher facilitated inquiry-based instruction to student higher-order thinking. School Science and Mathematics, 111(3), 93-101.

Marshall, J. C., Smart, J., & Horton, R. M. (2010). The design and validation of EQUIP: An instrument to assess inquiry-based instruction. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education, 8(2), 299-321.

Marshall, J. C., Horton, B., & White, C. (2009). EQUIPping teachers: A protocol to guide and improve inquiry-based instruction. The Science Teacher, 76(4), 46-53.