Inquiry Learning

inquiry

Our curiosity is a quality related to inquisitive thinking, which can drives all aspects of human development, i.e. the urge to learn and the desire to acquire knowledge and skills (Curiosity). Curiosity is powerful in motivation. An inquiry is any process that has the aim of augmenting knowledge, resolving doubt, or solving a problem (Inquiry). Usually, we have a curiosity, and then we start inquiring with our curiosity. I find inquiry is a perfect approach in teaching, which encourages learners to learn by exploring ideas, asking questions, construct knowledge and create values.

Inquire-based learning is learner-centered. However, this does not mean learners are going to learn by themselves. The teacher has the facilitating and guiding role. Often, teachers need to create the conditions for students to learn. We all hope it can be true/open inquiry. However, depending on what we learn, inquiry learn can be in different levels (inquiry-based learning). If we are learning knowledge, which has been developed and confirmed, such as cellular structures in biology, types of chemical reactions or thermodynamics laws in physics, a confirmation or structured inquiry may be most useful – the teacher develops questions and a procedure that guides students through an activity where the results are already known; the learners follow the procedure, collect data, and explain their results. If we are looking for solutions, which may be unknown at the time, a guided, even open inquiry can apply. At this point, we only need to be clear about the question or problem we try to solve. Anything is possible for the solution.

 

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