Inquiry Learning

Megan McCoy, Hannah Handley, Colby Wilson, Libby Steinbock

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What is it?

  • Inquiry based learning is an open-ended and creative way of seeking knowledge.
  • It involves students in the process of discovery by enabling them to collect data and test hypotheses.

Strengths of Inquiry Learning

  • Content and discovery is taught at the same time.
  • Student-centered-the student guides their own learning.
  • Focuses on finding and applying the knowledge instead of being able to remember and repeat information.

Pitfalls of Inquiry Learning

  • Students who struggle in school may not benefit from inquiry learning because they can't learn this way.
  • A teacher could be seen as lazy when using inquiry learning because they are putting the responsibility of learning the material on the student instead of them teaching it to the student.
  • Starting half way through the year using Inquiry learning is not beneficial, it needs to be consistent all year long.
  • Requires planning and effort, if time and thought isn't put into the inquiry based lesson, it will be a waste of time and students won't benefit from it.

Tips to Be Successful!

  • Teachers should act as a facililator for the students
  • Teachers should be passively involved and let students guide themselves

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