Inquiry-based learning is self-directed. It teaches students to develop research skills. It allows them to be responsible for:
- Determining what they need to know
- Identifying resources and how best to use them
- Using resources and reporting learning
- Assessing their progress
Inquiry-based learning enables the student to take responsibility for completing a course of study.
In a program of inquiry-based learning, the instructor acts as a supporter or coach. Such a program:
- Is question driven
- Begins with a general theme that acts as a starting point or trigger for learning
- Emphasizes asking good researchable questions and coaches students in doing this
- Builds library, interview and web search skills, plus the critical thinking skills that promote thoughtful analysis
- Helps students report their learning in oral or written form
- Provides a means (such as interviews, drafts, minutes of group meetings or bench mark activities) to help students monitor their progress
- Encourages the instructor to model effective inquiry and promote reflection
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