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WHAT IS INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING?

Inquiry-based learning is designed to develop students' skills as critical thinkers, interdisciplinary problem-solvers, researchers, and communicators.

Typically, inquiry-based learning begins with a complex question. The exploration of that complex question becomes the occasion for students to acquire the knowledge and skills they need to unpack the question, to examine the existing perspectives, approaches, and methodologies that have been used to address the question, and then to examine, develop, and validate possible answers. 

In inquiry-based learning, students look at the question from many different perspectives. They draw on information and knowledge from a variety of disciplines. And they become aware that the solution they come up with is only one of many possible solutions. In inquiry-based learning, students learn how to learn and become flexible and adaptable in their thinking.  


Fedderson, Kim. Interview with Agora Online. "Dr. Kim Fedderson Returns to Lakehead University as Orilla Campus Dean." Ed. Frances Harding. Nov./Dec. 2007, Volume 24. No.5.

 

ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS EXPLAINED

1.  View Video on Essential Questions.

With permission from Beth Shenefiel, Library Media Specialist

2013


 2. Click on link below for further information.

WHAT MAKES A QUESTION ESSENTIAL?

 

 

 

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS?

What is an essential question?

Open-ended

no simple or single right answer
addressed through reason rather than opinion/belief

Thought-provoking

unique, often counterintuitive or controversial
answers through problem solving (not found, but invented)
generate new questions

Universal

addresss fundamental issues
interdisiciplinary concepts, central to greater understanding

Developing an essential question....
 
Instead of:                                                                                              Try these:

Who?

Substitution

Who else…? Who might…?

NOT Who did…?

What?

Predict (hypothesis posed)
Modify/Magnify/Minimize
Eliminate/Reverse/Alternative

What if…? 
NOT What is…?

When?

Which?

Where?

Compare and Contrast

Which one…? 
Here or there?  
Now or later?

Why?

Cause and Effect

Why do things happen the way they do?

How?

Propose Solution

 

Which?

Evidence-based Decision 

Should?

Moral/Ethical/Practical reasoning

 


LOOK AT VIDEO IN BOX TO THE LEFT: ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS EXPLAINED.

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