Presenter: Robyn Lonergan
Dates: 25 August 2017
Skills associated with inquiry-based learning are commonly listed as essential to 21st century education, and have attracted considerable attention in recent years. However research indicates that classroom activities labelled as inquiry often lack basic features of this process. By examining the literature, and exploring models of the inquiry process, participants will gain a practical understanding of the essence of classroom-based inquiry and appreciate variations in implementation leading to positive outcomes.
Participants will have the opportunity to practice framing questions or problems appropriately, to use the problem-solving cycle as a framework for the inquiry-based learning unit, and to determine what initial skills support students may require to successfully negotiate the process. The diversity of students in a mixed-ability classroom will be considered. Participants will be encouraged to craft the strategy to their teaching circumstance, so that inquiry-based learning becomes a pedagogical approach that can be integrated into their teaching program as appropriate.