"A central driving
force for human beings is the desire to grapple
with an intellectual challenge
and solve it for themselves."
Inquiry and Learning
The following reflects my educational beliefs.
Inquiry is a powerful method
for learning about the world.
And curiosity is at the heart of inquiry.
the sky blue? How can birds find their way when they migrate? What makes rivers
meander? Questions like these (voiced or acted out) define the cutting edge of
an individual’s quest to understand the world.
Inquiry learning involves linking previous experience to a new
experience in an attempt to make sense of the new; to make meaning by seeking
answers to the learner’s questions.
process begins when
the learner notices something that intrigues, surprises or does not fit with
their expectations. What is happening? This is odd!
The learner continues to
observe the phenomenon, raising more questions, and generating and testing
learner finds their own unique pathway to investigate the phenomena.
may collect and record data, make
representations of results and explanations, and draw upon other resources such
as books, videos, and the expertise or insights of others as part of their
quest for understanding.
Learning from inquiry requires reflection, conversation, comparison of findings
with others, interpretation of data and observations, and the application of
new concepts to other contexts.
But it also requires the
development of the process skills of scientific inquiry such as controlling
variables, careful observations, and drawing logical inferences in order to
yield valid conclusions.
For more of my publications on inquiry and learning see: