Inquiry-Based Learning Janetta Garton Technology Curriculum Director Willard R-II School http://www.willard.k12.mo.us/co/tech/inquiry.htm Based on John Dewey's philosophy that education begins with the curiosity of the learner Works well with many educational techniques including multiple-intelligence, cooperative learning, and constructivism Can be implemented during any activity and with any subject or grade level Focuses on information-processing and problem-solving skills More emphasis on "how we come to know" and less on "what we know." Students learn how to continue learning.
Inquiry-Based Learning has 5 common components Questions Student Engagement Cooperative Interaction Performance Evaluation Variety of Resources
Students create an end product to communicate their knowledge,
students see SG prior to creating product
textbooks reference books magazines web sites videos podcasts posters experts Variety of Resources
Traditional Lesson Students will be taught the 3 types of rocks (sedimentary, igneous, metamorphic) using a textbook. Students will then create a flipbook of the three types of rocks that includes definitions and examples. The Inquiry-Based Learning Version Essential Question : What patterns exist under the earth's crust? Student Engagement : Students observe rock samples detecting differences and similarities, sorting and recording information Cooperative Learning : Students will work in research groups Performance Evaluation : Students will publish a multimedia slide to be shared with their classmates, scored with a scoring guide Variety of Resources : textbook, Internet, CD-ROMS, and rock samples. Example
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