Inquiry into Inquiry
- “Inquiry is a dynamic process of being open to wonder and puzzlement and coming to know and understand the world” (http://galileo.org/teachers/designing-learning/articles/what-is-inquiry/). Inquiry is not a method of doing a certain subject, rather it is involving oneself through questions and conversations about the topic amongst oneself ad their peers. Inquiry can also be defined in a more simplistic way by describing it as the act of asking for information (http://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/american-english/inquiry). When you ask for information on certain topics you are already involving yourself more which leads to finding better information than you would from just regurgitating information taught by your teacher or heard from your peers.
- “Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.” The last part of this is statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning, says Joe Exline (http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/inquiry/). As stated above inquiry is the act of asking for information. By asking direct questions and involving yourself you are able to comprehend and grasp what you truly need to know about a topic, which is exactly what IBL is suppose to do.
- Inquiry based learning is mainly centered around students and in educational programs to grant individuals a better opportunity to learn and grow intellectually (http://www.inspiredteaching.org/wp-content/uploads/impact-research-briefs-inquiry-based-teaching.pdf). As students begin to use this method they also begin to find a better understanding of researched and discussed topics. While students do benefit from the use of this method you also need certain skills to be successful in using this (http://chipbruce.net/resources/inquiry-based-learning/challenges-to-inquiry-based-teaching/).
– I personally believe that inquiry based learning will cause small problems in different class room settings for the reason that not every student will come to the same inquiry answers. You can ask different questions and have similar yet different answers which would lead to more questions. Which only means that the teacher in these settings must be prepared for this situation and any other situation in these inquiry classrooms. One main problem currently with inquiry based learning would be that most projects are more involved in academic coverage than they are exploration and invention, or use of a creative mind which defeats the use of inquiry based learning (http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/07/the-challenges-and-realities-of-inquiry-based-learning/).