What do you mean by inquiry-based learning?
Inquiry-based learning is an instructional model that centers learning on addressing a particular problem or answering a central question. There are several different inquiry-based learning models, but most have several general elements in common:
- Learning focuses around a meaningful, ill-structured problem that demands consideration of diverse perspectives
- Academic content-learning occurs as a natural part of the process as students work towards finding solutions
- Learners, working collaboratively, assume an active role in the learning process
- Teachers provide learners with learning supports and rich multiple media sources of information to assist students in successfully finding solutions
- Learners share and defend solutions publicly in some manner
More detailed information about effective problem-based learning environments is included in the table below:
In this model of instruction technology can be used in a variety of ways to support student learning. While technology use is not limited to this, inquiry-based learning activities often require students to use technology in meaningful and authentic ways:
- Conduct research and gather information
- Communicate with experts outside the classroom
- Prepare documents, reports, and presentations
Inquiry-based learning activities can be implemented in any subject or grade-level. Read this article for more in-depth information about technology-enhanced inquiry-based learning as it relates to history instruction.