The inquiry approach to learning

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The inquiry approach to learning

  1. 1. The Inquiry Approach to Learning A Definition, Classroom Description, & Example ? ? ? ?
  2. 2. A Definition <ul><li>Inquiry is a recursive, ever-revolving process driven by the learner’s ideas, questions and purposes, for learning begins with personal connection. </li></ul><ul><li>Inquiry is experiential learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Inquiry involves immersing children in a topic with time to explore, wonder, investigate, and research. </li></ul>? ?
  3. 3. Classroom Description <ul><li>Children who are learning to be researchers need to work for extended periods of time in a room where the hum of learning is appreciated. </li></ul><ul><li>Learning through inquiry demands both listening and participation. </li></ul><ul><li>Interacting with one another and the teacher is an important part of discovery. </li></ul>? ?
  4. 4. An Example <ul><li>What do I want to know about Appalachia? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Who first settled this region? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How are the people in stereotyped? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Has this area been featured in books? </li></ul></ul>?
  5. 5. What are my research topics for Appalachia? <ul><li>History of settlers </li></ul><ul><li>Stereotypes </li></ul><ul><li>Books about Appalachia </li></ul>?
  6. 6. How can I find out about Appalachia? <ul><li>Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Articles </li></ul>?
  7. 7. I Can Research by . . . <ul><li>Using the following web site: www.mcweb.marting.k12.ky.us/hillsweb1.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Reading books with Appalachian settings, such as: Belle Prater’s Boy (R. White, 1997) and Appalachia: Voices of Sleeping Birds (C. Rylant, 1991) </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewing native Appalachians about their heritage </li></ul><ul><li>Examining articles pertaining to Appalachia. For example: “Linguist Finds Dialect A-Flourishin’ in Appalachia” (K. Hazen, The NY Times, 2/7/2000) </li></ul>
  8. 8. This is what I discovered about Appalachia . . . Missing May (C. Rylant, 1993) Mama Is a Miner (G. Lyon, 1994) Belle Prater’s Boy (R. White, 1997) Has this area been featured in books? Intermarried & poor with a lot of children Uneducated & dumb Hillbilly & redneck How are the people stereotyped? Native Americans Hunters & trappers Scots-Irish immigrants Who first settled this region? Answer #3 Answer #2 Answer #1 Question

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