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The Inquiry Based Learning Approach

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Sara Clarke

on 21 September 2012

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Inquiry Based Learning "Inquiry Based Learning incorporates real-world situations that build on previous learning, is student directed, and functions using group work and discussion. What is it? This pedagogy allows students to become active participants in the learning process through the use of this small-group work, and encourages the acquisition and use of evidence-based practice." Background Volkert, 2012 References Volkert, D., (2012) Inquiry Based Learning: faculty perspective. (p.15) Nevada Nurses Association: Nevada RNformation

VanVliet, H., (2012) Tutorial 4. Unpublished manuscript. Key Theorists Syllabus? How does it relate to
HSIE? How is it suitable? How does it fit with the
constructivist teaching
approach? What does it look like in
the classroom? Teaching and learning
strategies Inquiry Based Learning Engagement Examples There are various Inquiry-based learning models which can be used to achieve different outcomes. However most follow a circular structure to achieve the goal:
Ask a question- Help students to develop a hypothesis formed by their own interests.
Investigate- This is the research stage. The teacher is to aid students to think about where and how they might find out information about their topic. The teacher is also responsible to teach them the right skills to access and use the information.
Create- Students should produce a product as a result of their research.
Discussion- Students should discuss in groups how, why, what, where. Collaborative learning should occur from others' ideas.
Reflect- Reflect with students about their project. Questions should be asked such as 'was it successful?', 'did i find out what I wanted to know?' etc. Also as a teacher, critical reflection is important, asking yourself questions e.g. 'were there any problems in groups?' will reveal any problems with this style of learning. Also once students complete their project, as teachers we need to consider where to go from here. project based because the kids are doing it. like getting a task at the beginning of the year. task and a purpose. Limitations Inquiry based teaching is an excellent way to scaffold student learning, allowing it to revolve around the students interests and avoid the 'chalk and talk' classroom.

However, Rossi and Pace (1998) state that the following limitations can hinder this:

Insufficient knowledge base

A lack of self discipline

(cited Reynolds, 2012) Eisenberg and Berkowitz (2004) - Big 6 and Super 3 model
Jamie McKenzie (2000) - Research Cycle model
Hamston and Murdoch (1996) - Integrating Socially model
Gwen Gawith (1988) - Action Learning model These models are all different but share important similar qualities such as:

testing the hypothesis

critical thinking

reflection VanVliet (2012) Structure The origin of Inquiry-Based Learning relates back to three significant theorists of personal and social constructivism.
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