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Benefits
  • encourages self-directed learning, critical thinking,
    and research
Instructor
Preparation

Medium:

  • designing an implementation strategy
Activity Time a few minutes to multiple class sessions/long term projects
Student
Participation

individual

pairs

groups

Facilitation
Tips
Provide high levels of support to novice learners, reducing
as students become more comfortable with the approach.
Assessment formative and summative

Inquiry-based learning is similar to problem-based learning, however this approach involves posing questions to students on a topic or theme, or in some cases asking students to come up with questions after exploring a topic or theme, as opposed to solving a problem that was posed by the instructor (as in PBL). Proponents of inquiry-based learning believe that students will gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of topics through the process of question creation, research and provision of potential answers to those questions, and potential areas for future study within a topic or theme.

Inquiry-based learning is a constructivist-based approach to learning, which sometimes calls for minimal instructor support. However, it is important to provide support for students who are new to inquiry-based learning to clarify any misconceptions. Support can be reduced as the students become more comfortable with the approach.