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Inquiry Based Learning

Develop an original, relevant, informed and authentic digital representation of your interpretation of inquiry learning.

Julie Anne Bankowski

on 29 March 2012

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INQUIRY BASED LEARNING What is it? How can it be used? ...to influence, motivate and inspire students ...to search and learn on their own ...to encourage to search for themselves ...it should not begin with a statement but with a question People Say... Definition What do theorist say... Vygovtsky Piaget Dewey Me "...children are active learners in their environment... activites should be student centered" (Snowman et al., 2009). "...the importace of social interraction in the development of cognition" (McLeod, 2007).

"Community plays a central role in the process of 'making meaning" (Snowman et al., 2009). "The child's own instincts, activites and interests should be the starting point of education" (Dewey, 1997). Teachers should allow students to explore and create their own learning with open ending questioning and giving them the resources to find the answer to their questions. In the classroom... Lets develop our knowledge and understanding on the topics: Change and continuity
Social Systems and structure What about values and Attitudes? Values and Attitudes Social Justice Intercultural
understanding Ecological
Sustainability Demoncratic processes Beliefs and moral
codes Lifelong learning taking responisbility
following rules and laws
recognise equalities and injustices appreciating different cultures
respecting different viewpoints
supporting cultural diversity appreciate the environment
being environmentally responsible
recognise interdependence of people and the environment respecting the law
individual freedom, rights and responibilities
showing commitment to ethical behaviour value human spirituality
appreciate the place of religion, beliefs and moral codes
acting accordingly and responsibly making connections
appreciate the importance of lifelong learning
being curious and ready to participate So how does it link to the HSIE Syllabus? Questioning Researching Discussing Creating Identify the problem
Initiate investigation
Inquiry Locating, organising and analysing
Investigating problem Evaluating, synthesising and reporting conclusion
Predict outcomes
Apply information gained to new or different situations Taking action
Plan and implement action Reconsidering consequences and outcomes of each pahse
Evaluate action
Reflect on learning Reflecting "These opportunities will help to develop students as active, informed and responsible citizens who will work towards promoting a democratic and socially just society in a sustainable environement at local, natuioanl and global levels. They will also develop informed and responsible attitudes towards people, societies, cultures and environments in the past, present and furture" (Board of Studies, 1999) What are teaching strategies that can be employed during the program? Teaching Strategies Inquiry Constructivism Library
Research Simulation
Game Role Play Learning
centers Computer
activities Independent
study Cooperative
learning What skills are achieved with inquiry learning? Investigating skills
Creative and Critical thinking skills
Decision-making skills
Problem solving skills
Reflective skills
Thinking skills "Students will develop skills in acquiring information, using an inquiry process, and social and civic participation. The development of these interconnected skills is crucial in equipping students for taking active, responsible and informed roles as citizens in a rapidly changing society" (Board of Studies, 1999). What are the advantages and disadvantages of inquiry learning? Advantages Disadvantages (cc) photo by medhead on Flickr What students need to know is identified
Goals are established
Students are controlled of their own learning
Students develop new skills
Increase in social interaction with peers and teachers
Time consuming
Hard to keep track of what each student is doing
Lower level students are not catered for
Assessment can be difficult "The inquiry process involves students participating in meaningful research related to important social and environmental issues. Students identify issues and problems, gather relevant information and organise this information in order to solve problems and take responsible action"
(Board of Studies, 1999). Board of Studies. (1999). Human Society and its Environement K-6 Syllabus. Sydney, Board of Studies.

Bowes, J., & Grace, R. (2009). Children, Families and Communities: Contexts and Consequences. 3rd ed, Victoria, Oxford University Press.

Dewey, J. (1997). How we think. New York, Dover Publications

Latham, G., Blaise, M., Dole, S., Faulkner., Lang, J., & Malone, K. (2008). Learning to teach: New times, new practices. Victoria, Oxford University Press.

Marsh, C., & Hart, C. (2011). Teaching the Social Sciences and Humanities in an Australian Curriculum, 6th ed, Malaysia, Pearson.

McLeod, S (2007) Simply Psychology. (Online Accessed 20.3.2012)

Snowman, J., Dobozy, E., Scevak, J., Bryer, F., Barlett, B., & Biehler,. (2009). Psychology: Applied to teaching. 1st ed, Queensland, John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd
Bibliography (Board of Studies, 1999) (Marsh & Hart, 2011) (Marsh & Hart, 2011) Please click the arrow to navigate through.
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