For many students, the traditional classroom approach leaves them bored and unengaged. As a result, they aren’t effectively learning (or understanding) the material being taught.
That’s where inquiry-based learning comes in.
What Is Inquiry-Based Learning?
Inquiry-based learning is an approach to learning that emphasizes the student’s role in the learning process. Rather than the teacher telling students what they need to know, students are encouraged to explore the material, ask questions, and share ideas.
Inquiry-based learning uses different approaches to learning, including small-group discussion and guided learning. Instead of memorizing facts and material, students learn by doing. This allows them to build knowledge through exploration, experience, and discussion.
Is Inquiry-Based Learning Effective?
Just like experiential learning, inquiry-based learning actively engages students in the learning process. Students aren’t just hearing or writing what they are learning. Instead, students get the chance to explore a topic more deeply and learn from their own first-hand experiences.
We retain 75% of what we do compared to 5% of what we hear and 10% of what we read. Inquiry-based learning allows students to better understand and recall material by actively engaging with it and making their own connections.
The Benefits Of Inquiry-Based Learning
Now that you know more about this learning approach, let’s take a look at the advantages and benefits of inquiry-based learning.
Sitting in a classroom taking notes isn’t always the most effective (or fun) way to learn. Rather than memorizing facts from the teacher, inquiry-based learning enhances the learning process by letting students explore topics themselves.
As they explore a topic, students build critical thinking and communication skills. The cognitive skills that students develop can be used to improve comprehension in every subject, as well as in day-to-day life.
An inquiry-based learning approach lets students share their own ideas and questions about a topic. This helps foster more curiosity about the material and teaches skills students can use to continue exploring topics they are interested in.
Rather than simply memorizing facts, students make their own connections about what they are learning. This allows them to gain a better understanding of a topic than they would get by just memorizing and recalling facts.
Students have the opportunity to explore a topic, giving them more of a sense of ownership over their learning. Instead of the teacher telling them what they should know, students are able to learn in a way that works for them.
As a form of active learning, this approach encourages students to fully engage in the learning process. By allowing students to explore topics, make their own connections, and ask questions, they are able to learn more effectively.
Inquiry-based learning is designed to teach students a love of learning. When students are able to engage with the material in their own way, not only are they able to gain a deeper understanding—they are able to develop a passion for exploration and learning.
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Planning a unit or lesson involves a number of instructional decisions. The teacher must identify the following: the content and processes to be addressed, the strengths, needs, and interests of students, the Common Essential Learnings that could be incorporated, and the most effective instructional approaches. Such decisions are critical and must be made consciously and purposefully.
As Glickman (1991) states:
"Effective teaching is not a set of generic practices, but instead is a set of context-driven decisions about teaching. Effective teachers do not use the same set of practices for every lesson . . . Instead, what effective teachers do is constantly reflect about their work, observe whether students are learning or not, and, then adjust their practice accordingly (p. 6).
Because there are so many variables for teachers to consider when making decisions about teaching and learning, it is essential that they have a conceptual base for understanding Saskatchewan's Core Curriculum and a framework for understanding the levels of instructional decisions. This chapter described the conceptual base and an instructional framework. It provided an overview of instructional models, strategies, methods, and skills. In addition, it illustrated the inter-relatedness of these four levels of the instructional framework."
What are the 4 types of inquiry
Inquiry-based learning is a teaching method that encourages students to ask questions and investigate real-world problems..
The Structured Inquiry Approach. ... .
The Open-Ended Inquiry Approach. ... .
The Problem-Based Inquiry Approach. ... .
The Guided Inquiry Approach..
What are the procedures when using an inquiry model?
Sagala (2006) stated that there is five steps to be taken in carrying out the inquiry model such as: (1) the formulation of the problem being solved by students, (2) set a temporary answer (hypothesis), (3) students seeking information, data facts needed to answer the problem, (4) draw conclusions or generalizations of ...
What are the 4 steps of inquiry?
The 4 Steps of Inquiry-Based Learning.
Students develop questions that they are hungry to answer. ... .
Research the topic using time in class. ... .
Have students present what they've learned. ... .
Ask students to reflect on what worked about the process and what didn't..
What is inquiry method?
The inquiry method is a student-centered learning approach with the concept of students who are actively involved in the teaching and learning activity under the monitoring and supervision of teachers. This study describes how to implement the inquiry method in the classroom.