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What is Inquiry-Based Learning (And How Is It Effective)?

The key to success for students is making sure they are engaged with any material they are learning.

Sometimes, that’s easier said than done.

For many students, the traditional classroom approach leaves them bored and unengaged. As a result, they aren’t effectively learning (or understanding) the material being taught.

That’s where inquiry-based learning comes in.

What Is Inquiry-Based Learning?

Inquiry-based learning is an approach to learning that emphasizes the student’s role in the learning process. Rather than the teacher telling students what they need to know, students are encouraged to explore the material, ask questions, and share ideas.

Inquiry-based learning uses different approaches to learning, including small-group discussion and guided learning. Instead of memorizing facts and material, students learn by doing. This allows them to build knowledge through exploration, experience, and discussion.

Is Inquiry-Based Learning Effective?

Just like experiential learning, inquiry-based learning actively engages students in the learning process. Students aren’t just hearing or writing what they are learning. Instead, students get the chance to explore a topic more deeply and learn from their own first-hand experiences.

We retain 75% of what we do compared to 5% of what we hear and 10% of what we read. Inquiry-based learning allows students to better understand and recall material by actively engaging with it and making their own connections.

The Benefits Of Inquiry-Based Learning

Now that you know more about this learning approach, let’s take a look at the advantages and benefits of inquiry-based learning.

  1. Enhances learning experiences for children
  2. Sitting in a classroom taking notes isn’t always the most effective (or fun) way to learn. Rather than memorizing facts from the teacher, inquiry-based learning enhances the learning process by letting students explore topics themselves.

  3. Teaches skills needed for all areas of learning
  4. As they explore a topic, students build critical thinking and communication skills. The cognitive skills that students develop can be used to improve comprehension in every subject, as well as in day-to-day life.

  5. Fosters curiosity in students
  6. An inquiry-based learning approach lets students share their own ideas and questions about a topic. This helps foster more curiosity about the material and teaches skills students can use to continue exploring topics they are interested in.

  7. Deepens students’ understanding of topics
  8. Rather than simply memorizing facts, students make their own connections about what they are learning. This allows them to gain a better understanding of a topic than they would get by just memorizing and recalling facts.

  9. Allows students to take ownership of their learning
  10. Students have the opportunity to explore a topic, giving them more of a sense of ownership over their learning. Instead of the teacher telling them what they should know, students are able to learn in a way that works for them.

  11. Increases engagement with the material
  12. As a form of active learning, this approach encourages students to fully engage in the learning process. By allowing students to explore topics, make their own connections, and ask questions, they are able to learn more effectively.

  13. Creates a love of learning
  14. Inquiry-based learning is designed to teach students a love of learning. When students are able to engage with the material in their own way, not only are they able to gain a deeper understanding—they are able to develop a passion for exploration and learning.

At GradePower Learning, we believe in an active, engaging learning experience. Learn more about our approach to learning and how we can get your child on the path to success.

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