The Learning Renaissance

Enquiry-based Learning

We did it when I was in primary school but to hear the dissenting voices, you would think that enquiry-based learning was new, revolutionary and unproven.

The desire to give students of all ages more control over what and how they learn has been central to the concept of the new learning renaissance. The most difficult element of introducing enquiry-based learning has been that it requires teachers to operate in different and more facilitative ways to help each individual in the class to learn.

Our friends at Edutopia provide a useful guide: Inquiry-Based Learning: From Teacher-Guided to Student-Driven | Edutopia

About educationalist04

I'm convinced we can, as a species, do much better than this if we set our minds to being much more positive and productive towards our fellow humans. The solution is learning - creating independent and autonomous learners who can problem solve, innovate and create a better more equitable and sustainable world. My books, Future Proof Your School and Re-Examining Success together with this blog, explore how better learning outcomes for all can be achieved.

4 comments on “Enquiry-based Learning

  1. 4c3d
    January 26, 2016

    Really nice to see a “natural” way of learning, learning through need, being promoted. “We want kids to be critical thinkers, problem solvers” – “it empowers them” Yep! As learners and as teachers we know this, the challenge is to show how what appears on the surface to be “chaotic” or “unstructured” is actually far from chaotic and highly structured. What sits behind this approach and in my experience is often forgotten when attempting to duplicate the experience without the understanding is the need to promote and develop in learners a “new” learning language. This is essential if they are coming from a “compliant” model of learning where a “good” learner uses the language of compliance (What do I do next?, How shall I start? When will I know I have finished? What grade do I need to pass? etc). We need in such circumstances to develop the language of inquiry (What is the problem? How can I approach this task? What do I already know that can help me learn? etc) What we need is a structure that provides the narrative we seek in adopting this approach. My solution is the concept of “Learning Intelligence” defined as the ability of the learner to manage their learning environment to meet their learning needs. Inquiry based learning is about the learner managing the learning environment and being guided by the teacher. There are sets of skills, attitudes, attributes and behaviours that we can develop in learners so that they are better equipped to deal with this way of learning, especially if they are coming from a compliant learning model.

  2. 4c3d
    January 26, 2016

    Reblogged this on ace-d and commented:
    Really nice to see a “natural” way of learning, learning through need, being promoted. “We want kids to be critical thinkers, problem solvers” – “it empowers them” Yep!

  3. educationalist04
    January 26, 2016

    I thought this might appeal to you Kevin!

  4. Computer Education
    January 27, 2016

    Nice one.. Made me recollect this quote: “The perfect computer has been developed. You just feed in your problems and they never come out again.”-AL Goodman

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