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What is Inquiry-based Learning?

What is Inquiry-based Learning?
We learn best when we are at the center of our own learning. Inquiry-based learning is a learning process through questions generated from the interests, curiosities, and perspectives/experiences of the learner. When investigations grow from our own questions, curiosities, and experiences, learning is an organic and motivating process that is intrinsically enjoyable. This trajectory depicts my theory that expands the inquiry-based learning model: If the question, investigation, and outcome(s) are truly meaningful to the learner, she or he will apply this newly-acquired knowledge in her or his own life by sharing knowledge and by taking concrete action in the world. My theory is informed by my own personal learning experiences and by my experiences in both formal and informal learning communities. Expanding this process beyond the self can have profoundly positive social implications globally. Paula Learn more about the guiding principles that inform my work. Related:  Inquiry

What is Inquiry? Why Inquiry? Inquiry-based learning approaches when correctly implemented can help develop higher-order, information literacy and critical thinking skills. They can also develop problem-solving abilities and develop skills for lifelong learning. My experience has shown this approach to engage and motivate students. Students in my classes worked co-operatively and collaboratively to solve problems and I found the depth of understanding to be greater than with other teaching approaches. Teacher's Role The teacher's role in inquiry-based learning is one of 'Guide on the side' rather than 'Sage on the stage". Questions At the heart of inquiry is a good question. In this video clip which can be found on the excellent edtalks site I talk about what inquiry-based learning means to me. Inquiry Models Problem and project-based learning, Mantle of the Expert, curriculum integration (Beane, 1997) and communities of thinking (Harpaz & Lefstein, 2000) are other variations of inquiry-based learning.

inquiry learning & information literacy | ideas & musings from mandy lupton Inquiry-based Learning: Explanation What is inquiry-based learning? An old adage states: "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand." The last part of this statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning, says our workshop author Joe Exline 1. Inquiry implies involvement that leads to understanding. Furthermore, involvement in learning implies possessing skills and attitudes that permit you to seek resolutions to questions and issues while you construct new knowledge. "Inquiry" is defined as "a seeking for truth, information, or knowledge -- seeking information by questioning." A Context for Inquiry Unfortunately, our traditional educational system has worked in a way that discourages the natural process of inquiry. Some of the discouragement of our natural inquiry process may come from a lack of understanding about the deeper nature of inquiry-based learning. Importance of Inquiry Memorizing facts and information is not the most important skill in today's world. The Application of Inquiry

Feature Article - Inquiry Learning, Summer 2009- Teaching with Primary Sources | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress Why is inquiry important for student learning? Inquiry is a process of active learning that is driven by questioning and critical thinking. The understandings that students develop through inquiry are deeper and longer lasting than any pre-packaged knowledge delivered by teachers to students. Inquiry-based learning follows a process that progresses through phases, but is recursive and reflective throughout. Stripling Model of Inquiry pdf version of Stripling Model of Inquiry (247 KB) Why should primary sources be used for inquiry? By their very nature, primary sources engage students in inquiry. Second, primary sources engage students both emotionally and personally because the sources represent authentic voices and images. Finally, the conflicting nature of primary sources helps students see the complexity of issues and recognize the importance of context for credible interpretation. How can primary sources be used during the phases of inquiry? Top “Inquiry-Based Learning.”

Introduction 1. Students learn isolated skills and knowledge, starting with the simple building blocks of a particular topic and then building to more complex ideas. While this appeals to common sense (think of the efficiency of a automobile assembly line), the problem with this approach is the removal of any context to the learning, making deep understanding of the content less likely. Perkins calls this approach elementitis, where learning is structured exclusively around disconnected skills and fragmented pieces of information. 2. Students learn about a particular topic. The solution that Perkins offers to the typical classroom experience is what he calls learning by wholes, structuring learning around opportunities to experience or engage in the topic as it would exist outside of school. An example of ‘learning by wholes’ can be found in my own Cigar Box Project, a year-long, grade 7 study where students explored 5 themes in Canadian history. Inquiry as “Play” Moving From Theory to Practice

Resources Useful Sites and Articles I have developed two new companion sites: Web Resources For Inquiry and Apps for Inquiry (Android and i-pad apps) Inquiry-based Learning Galileo Foundation - Sharon Friesen and Pat Clifford. Choose the ‘ICT & Inquiry’ or ‘Integrating Technology’ Links from the top menu bar. The Inquiry Page for info and examples of inquiry. Top of page Resources for Inquiry Top 100 Tools for educators - Ranks 100 ICT tools many of which are free. ng Co.) Graphic Organisers See the Graphic Organisers page Child-friendly Search Engines See the search engines page Useful Sites Inquiry with Technology - My paper on the Opoutere School Digiops project. Student Sites There are large numbers of child-friendly sites on the web, these are a few of my favourites. Iknowthat.com - My all-time favourite site for all topics, not just inquiry. Webquests Dinosaur for a Pet webquest - My dinosaur webquest - I used this with a year 2 - 5 class.

Intro to Inquiry Learning | YouthLearn A (Somewhat) New Approach to Educating and Inspiring Kids Inquiry-based learning is not a new technique—in fact, it goes back to education philosopher John Dewey—but it does stand in contrast to the more structured, curriculum-centered framework of today's schools. Asking questions is at the heart of inquiry-based learning. The goal is not to ask just any questions, of course, but ones that kids honestly care about. Inquiry-based learning is a style particularly well-suited for out-of-school programs because they have a freer hand to complement, enhance, and expand on the work children are doing in their K-12 classes. This article explains some of the key principles of inquiry-based learning. Key Principles of Inquiry-Based Learning "Inquiry-based learning" is one of many terms used to describe educational approaches that are driven more by a learner's questions than by a teacher's lessons. How is inquiry-based learning different from traditional approaches? The Art of the Question

Inquiry Learning Definition Inquiry learning is an approach that provides learners opportunities to actively develop skills that enable them to locate, gather, analyse, critique and apply information in a wide range of contexts. as they develop understanding. At least that is how I currently understand and define the concept. I have found that trying to define inquiry learning is like trying to grab a bar of soap in the bath. Every time you think you have grasped its essence it slides away as another piece of literature or concept challenges your carefully built understanding. In my opinion, when inquiry learning is implemented well in a school the following criteria are being met, or there is demonstrable progress towards these criteria being met. Students are at some stage of progression along a continuum that starts at teacher directed units, includes negotiated units through to student driven learning. These criteria raise a number of theoretical and practical issues for schools: Summary

Inquiry Charts (I-Charts) Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Critical Perspectives: Reading and Writing About Slavery Students critically explore the moral issue of slavery through reading fiction and nonfiction children's literature about the Underground Railroad, and they extend their understanding through creative writing projects. Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Unit Weather: A Journey in Nonfiction Questions about weather clear up when students use what they learned from their books to create a presentation to share with the rest of the class. Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Adventures in Nonfiction: A Guided Inquiry Journey Students are guided through an informal exploration of nonfiction texts and child-oriented Websites, learning browsing and skimming techniques for the purpose of gathering interesting information. Investigating Animals: Using Nonfiction for Inquiry-based Research Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson Inquiry on the Internet: Evaluating Web Pages for a Class Collection

Inquiry into learning… Do you focus as much on the process of learning as the content? Do your students reflect as much on how they learn as on what they learn. As a PYP school, we have six units of inquiry each year, one under each of the following trans-disciplinary themes: Before exploring any other subject areas, we plan to start the coming school year at each grade level, with an inquiry (directly or indirectly) into learning. Our Preps will inquire into how our learning environment helps us learn. Year 2 will investigate the qualities of effective learners and how these can help us learn, individually and collaboratively. Year 3 will explore the information process… how we decide what we want to learn, formulate questions, locate, organise and evaluate information. The intention is that starting the year with inquiries such as these will increase students’ awareness of themselves as learners and help build learning communities in our classrooms and in our school. Like this: Like Loading... Related

Guided Inquiry - CISSL Kim, Sun Un & Todd, R. J. The Information Search Process of English Language Learner (ELL) Students in a Guided Inquiry Project: An In-depth Case Study of Two Korean High School Students in the United States. Paper presented at the Annual Conference and Research Forum of the International Association of School Librarianship, Berkeley, California August 2008. CD Publication. What is inquiry learning? | inquiry learning & information literacy In a previous post, I described inquiry learning as comprising three elements: 1) questioning frameworks 2) information literacy / information seeking process 3) an action research cycle My conclusion was that these three elements define inquiry learning and separate it from related concepts such as information literacy. 1) Questioning frameworks Inquiry learning involves explicitly asking questions. The amount of student-led versus teacher-led questioning is related to the type of inquiry pedagogy that is followed. Essential questions In some forms of inquiry learning, an overarching question is chosen from a range of ‘essential” or ‘big’ questions. ‘Why is war necessary? Likewise, Wiggins and McTighe (2005 pp. 105-125) suggest: ‘In what ways does art reflect culture as well as shape it? Frameworks for guiding questions There are a number of questioning frameworks used for guiding students’ questions. What do I know? An extended version of KWL is KWHLAQ (Barell 2008 p. 72). What do I know?

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