What is Inquiry Learning?

Reynolds, 2009 says that inquiry learning allows the students to partake in their own learning and therefore allowing the learning to be unpredictable and open-ended. It will permit the students to take on the role of understanding as to what is happening in their world and to use prior knowledge already obtained as the starting point for their learning on a particular topic.

Reynolds, 2009 continues to explain that inquiry learning permits the teacher to work along the students in developing their learning together giving teachers a better understanding and perspective when creating lesson as to what the students are already familiar with and what they would like to know about a particular topic that is being studied in class. It will also allow the students to have a better perception about their lessons therefore giving the students the opportunity to obtain a deeper knowledge about the subject that is to be taught.

Pelton (2010) says that for teachers inquiry learning will place an importance on developing the inquiry skills that will allow the students to resolve the questions or issues that arise by providing students with the opportunity to investigate and use what they already know to solve the problem. To be able to use the full relevance of inquiry learning the students will need to understand the process of planning their work, categorising information and applying what they have learn through their knowledge.

The Galileo Educational Network (2011) says that inquiry learning is based on looking at a certain question, issue or problem and engaging in investigations and research to answer or uncover what has been proposed.

As I have completed two practicums and this being my final year at University I have noticed while working with students there have been many strategies used that require the students to use inquiry learning. Before a new topic has commenced in any KLA the teacher each time asked the students about what they had already knew about the subject and developed ideas and lessons around the students prior knowledge.

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