What is Inquiry-Based Learning
Inquiry-based learning is a self-directed learning approach that places each individual child's questions, ideas and interests at the centre of their education.
Dr. Claire Warden explains how inquiry-based learning actually works, and why triggering kids' curiosity is the best way to motivate engagement.
Benefits of Inquiry-Based Learning
Kids are empowered
Children are competent learners when curiosity is triggered. When learning is structured around areas of their own interests, kids proactively seek knowledge without boundaries.
The result for each child is the sense of confidence that comes from feeling responsible for and capable of managing their learning experience. This makes education more meaningful for the child, and also keeps them more deeply immersed in it.
Skills develop in all areas
Inquiry-based learning builds important skills that have lifelong benefits for the learner, intellectually, emotionally and socially.
Independent thinking, critical analysis, creativity, curiosity, and the freedom to learn anywhere all combine to enable kids to continually thrive in a rapidly-changing world.
Learning is fun
When children get to decide what they'd like to explore, education becomes infinitely more fun. Inquiry-based learning keeps things compelling for each individual child, especially for those that respond strongly to hands-on experiences.
When kids are actively interested and engaged, they have better general learning outcomes than with traditional, classroom-oriented educational models.
Understanding is deeper
People of all ages retain and remember more of the things they do or participate in than what they read or are told about. Children are no different.
Inquiry-based learning enables kids to discover for themselves how things work, in their own time and in their own way. A framework of questioning, observing, listening, thinking, doing and sharing helps children more widely and deeply comprehend the world around them, and understand how they fit into it.