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Inquiry-based learning

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Maryam McKenzie

on 11 March 2016

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Inquiry-based learning
Benefits of
Inquiry-based Learning
But where do I start?!
If you're wondering how to start the process of getting your students to ask questions, you're not alone.

There are many resources available for teachers to help them develop the right environments, strategies and resources to spark student's curiosities. But, it first starts with YOU!
Steps of Inquiry-Based Learning
Take a Risk!
Inquiry-based learning
Inquiry-based learning is an approach to teaching and learning that places students’ questions, ideas and observations at the centre of the learning experience.

Educators play an active role throughout the process by establishing a culture where ideas are
respectfully challenged, tested, redefined and viewed as improvable, moving children from a position of wondering to a position of enacted understanding and further questioning

Underlying this approach is the idea that both
educators and students share responsibility for learning (Ontario Ministry of Education, 2013).

Long-term Benefits of Inquiry-based learning
The essence of inquiry …
“Inquiry ... requires more than simply answering questions or getting a right answer. It espouses investigation, exploration, search, quest, research, pursuit, and study. It is enhanced
by involvement with a community
of learners, each learning from the other in social interaction.” (Kuklthau, Maniotes & Caspari, 2007, p. 2)
Alberta Learning, Focus on Inquiry: A Teacher’s Guide to Implementing Inquiry-based Learning [Edmonton, AB: Alberta Learning, 2004])
Kuklthau, C.C., Maniotes, L.K., & Caspari, A.K. (2007). Guided inquiry: Learning in the 21st century. Westport, CT & London: Libraries Unlimited.
Longert, S. (2008). Benefits of Inquiry-Based Learning. Retrieved from Teachers Network: http://teachersnetwork.org/ntol/howto/adjust/inquiry.htm
Ontario Ministry of Education (2013). Capacity Building Series. Inquiry-based learning.
Research suggests that using inquiry-based learning with students can help them become more creative, more positive and more independent.

Inquiry-based learning provides opportunities for students to:
Develop skills they will need all their lives
Learn to cope with problems that may not have clear solutions
Deal with changes and challenges to understandings
Shape their search for solutions, now and in the future.
Inquiry-Based Learning: From Teacher-Guided to Student-Driven
Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning
According to Dr. Marilyn Price-Mitchell (Developmental Psychologist, Researcher, Writer) there are 10 ways YOU can stimulate a student's curiosity:

1. Value and reward curiosity.
2. Teach students how to ask quality questions.
3. Notice when kids feel puzzled or confused.
4. Encourage students to tinker.
5. Spread the curiosity around.
6. Use current events.
7. Teach students to be skeptics.
8. Explore a variety of cultures and societies.
9. Model curiosity.
10. Encourage curiosity at home.
The cycle of Inquiry-Based Learning
Students will be entering a job market that is different from the traditional workplace we are use to.

They will need to be prepared to collect, synthesize, and analyze information; they will need to be prepared to work cooperatively with others to respond to changing social, economic, and global conditions. They will also be using technology to communicate their ideas, thoughts and final products. The traditional approaches that employ narrow tasks, rote memorization, and simple procedures will not develop critical thinkers or effective writers and speakers (Sharon Longert , 2008)
Why not?
Take a risk. Try inquiry-based learning in your classroom. But before you do...

Ask yourself:
What do I already do that can be adapted to this curriculum?
What sort of questions can I ask that will spark my students' curiosities?
How do I need to change/adapt to make this work?
How can I (or should I) get the parents involved?
How can I track the students' and my success?
See what I did there with the questions?!

And spark away!

Sample Questions for Inquiry-Based Learning
Cycle, steps and sample questions for Inquiry-based learning
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