Welcome to Inquiry-Based Learning For Educators
PLEASE NOTE: This site is getting a complete makeover! Same content with a sprinkle of new things. Be sure to check regularly as we work to reorganize previous posts and lessons that we've been sharing with you since 2011. Hope you like the new format.
Inquiry-Based Teaching Video Link
Follow Two Teachers as they explore and learn about Inquiry-based Teaching!
We are also blogging about our broader experience here (blogspot)!
Pete and Louise worked closely together to learn about the inquiry approach to teaching and learning. This website reflects their experience as they worked through the process of implementing inquiry-based learning and teaching in Pete's classroom. The goal is to share their experience with you as they explored how to implement inquiry-based learning and teaching in a classroom. We also hope that educators will find the site convenient, user friendly resource that will enhance their own inquiry-based classrooms.
We've had the privilege of working on this project, that was originally supported by the TEACHER LEARNING and LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (TLLP) with the Ontario Ministry of Education. Our project 'Uncovering Content-Integrating Critical Thinking into Social Studies for 21st Century Learners' was developed because as teachers we felt we needed to enhance our knowledge of using critical thinking questions and inquiry-based learning in order for our students to become actively engaged in their learning.
You're welcome to join us here on this website, as we share and investigate how to implement inquiry-based learning in a Junior (gr. 4-5-6) classroom. Our website that is connected to the work we've done in inquiry to support the curriculum roll-out of the "New (2013) Ontario Revised Social Studies, History & Geography" (SSHG) document. This document focus' on the inquiry process and concepts of disciplinary thinking. We are pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of the roll-out team for the Ministry of Education and Ontario Elementary Social Studies Teachers' Association (OESSTA).
What is Inquiry-based Learning?
Inquiry-Based learning is student-directed and can be linked to John Dewey’s philosophy that education begins with the curiosity of the learner. "It is an approach to learning whereby students find and use a variety of sources of information and ideas to increase their understanding of a problem, topic, or issue....it espouses investigation, exploration, research, pursuit, and study." Guided Inquiry Learning in the 21st Century, Kuhlthau, Maniotes, Caspari, Libraries Unlimited, 2007
Why Teach Inquiry?
Research shows that active learning is a powerful tool. The benefits for students is the development of abilities that are crucial for learners such as, critical thinking, team-work and informational literacy. It encourages learners to be self-directed which is a significant skill that students will need to acquire in order to be successful in the 21st century. Inquiry-Based Learning can improve students' enthusiasm and motivation for learning.