tip#22 - What is inquiry based teaching?

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Inquiry-based teaching is a pedagogical approach that invites students to explore academic content by posing, investigating, and answering questions. This approach puts students’ questions at the center of the curriculum, and places just as much value on the component skills of research as it does on knowledge and understanding of content – Inquiry Based Teaching
This approach encourages learning through engaging in inquiry through these various components:

Asking:

Students actively formulate their own approach to solving a problem similar to a real-world problem, while teachers model, coach, and make explicit the students’ learning processes.

Investigating:

Students are encouraged to learn through investigation and research.

Creating:

Students work together or independently on projects, requiring specific content knowledge or skills. Projects usually raise various problems which student(s) must solve.

Discussing:

Students can develop their interpersonal skills of communication, leadership, decision making, and conflict resolution throughout the learning process.

Reflecting:

After solving a problem, students can take time to reflect on their findings which often leads to further questions to investigate and problems to solve.

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