C The Inquiry
What is Inquiry learning?
Inquiry learning is how we learn naturally, learning that is based around curiosity, intrigue, or engagement in solving a problem.
Inquiry learning is an approach where the purpose is for the learner to make meaning. While others (teacher, parent) may guide the inquiry and set some purposeful boundaries, the drive of the learning needs to come from the learner, Learning should be internally motivated.
At the heart of any Inquiry process is engaged learners.
Engaged learners don’t generally appear they, grow in a learning environment that values the importance of people (Relationships), place (Belonging) as well as pedagogy.
Inquiry learning is a process that encourages you to explore the natural or man made world, and will lead you to ask questions, make discoveries, and test those discoveries in search for new understandings.
The inquiry process is driven by your own curiosity, wonder, interest or passion to understand an observation or to solve a problem.
The inquiry process begins when you notice something that intrigues, surprises, or stimulates a question - something that is new, or something that may not make sense to you.
The next step is to take action, through continued: raising questions, observing, making predictions and creative prototypes.
The learner must find their own pathway through this process. It is rarely a simple straight line of progression, but rather more of a back and forth or cyclical series of events.
As the inquiry process unfolds, more observations and questions emerge, creating a deeper inquiry and a greater potential for further development of understanding.