5 Benefits of Inquiry-Based Learning

Learning through Inquiry can be one of the most natural ways to learn. Pupils are presented with a problem that they are given an opportunity to solve, leading to self-learning, learning by doing, answering questions and sharing ideas while being guided by the teacher. The pupils will be actively involved in their role while learning, helping to build their confidence and ability on the ways to learn.

How to carry out Inquiry-Based Learning.

Inquiry-Based Learning is a perfect teaching method as teachers can adjust their methods to meet their pupils needs.

Present a question or problem to the pupils to create an interest or curiosity. Ask pupils to answer the question, very generally, with the whole of the class, just to ensure you can lead pupils into the right direction before pupils break up into groups.

Separate into chosen groups and allow pupils to research topic, gather, understand and make sense of information, and then form a way to present information to rest of class.

Give pupils time to prepare to present their findings. Once pupils are ready to present their research, ensure the whole class is paying attention and encourage other students to ask questions, helping build a deeper understanding of the topic.

Reflection is key at the end to ensure pupils understand which methods of research worked best for them and what areas they can improve on next time.

5 Benefits of Inquiry-Based Learning.

  • Inquiry-based learning enhances the learning experience where pupils are engaged and actively learning.

  • In a sense, Inquiry-based learning takes pressure of the teacher to teach, but instead helps pupils take responsibly of their own actions and learning which helps them become more mature to their studies.

  • It also helps the pupils face areas where they struggle with learning and encourages them to work through these issues, not only understanding the content, but improving the methods of how they learn.

  • Building pupils skills such as communication, problem-solving and critical thinking. These skills can be used not only in your class, but throughout their whole school experience, helping pupils to become more confident and in control of their learning.

  • As pupils are researching the material, they build a deeper understanding of the topic, building connections with what they’ve learned, instead of just writing notes.

Inquiry-based learning is an excellent method to engage all pupils actively in the classroom, enhance knowledge and understanding, and encouraging pupils to be in control of their learning. It also is an excellent tool for the teacher as it gives them the opportunity to visit each group, providing help and guidance on a one to one basis.

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