Inquiry-based learning

Definition
"Inquiry is a dynamic process of being open to wonder and puzzlement and coming to know and understand the world. As such, it is a stance that pervades all aspects of life and is essential to the way in which knowledge is created. Inquiry is based on the belief that understanding is constructed in the process of people working and conversing together as they pose and solve the problems, make discoveries and rigorously testing the discoveries that arise in the course of shared activity" (Galileo Education Network, 1999-2016, para. 1).
"Inquiry-based learning employs constructivist/situated learning strategies and the role of the educator is that of a facilitator of learning, rather than an instructional teacher. "The benefits of inquiry-based learning include the development of critical thinking, creative thinking, and problem solving" (WorksheetLibrary, n.d., para. 1).

Components of inquiry-based approaches

The main components of inquiry-based learning approaches include:
    • a question (s) to be explored
    • gathering of information related to the question
    • a discussion of findings
    • a reflection on what was learned (WorksheetLibrary, n.d.)

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Community of Inquiry (CoI)

Garrison (1997) believes developing a CoI can provide a trusting environment where students can interact and exchange ideas both socially and cognitively.
"An educational community of inquiry [CoI] is a group of individuals who collaboratively engage in purposeful critical discourse and reflection to construct personal meaning and confirm mutual understanding" (Garrison, 2011).
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