As a middle year program, I would like to introduce the inquiry based learning, which I consider as an innovative technology of teaching. Inquiry based learning is one of the main approaches in teaching of middle years program International Baccalaureate. Inquiry based learning based on cycle of reflection, action and inquiry. Inquiry based learning could start at any point of cycle. One of the main indicators of inquiry based learning is that students ask question about the topic. It comes from the Constructivist theory of John Dues, where students construct their understanding and knowledge of the world by experiencing things and then reflecting on those experiences.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
This quote is the best description of inquiry based learning. The essence of inquiry based learning is creation of conditions for asking questions. This is student centered approach in teaching; teacher guides the inquiry as it is necessary in the process of teaching. However, students gain knowledge themselves through the asked questions. There are several types of inquiry based learning in classroom. They are open or full inquiry, guided inquiry, couple inquiry and structured inquiry. Students’ knowledge will not depend on teacher directed activities. It is more than just memorizing facts, it is about learning skills to synthesize the information and find answers. The teacher plays an important role in inquire based learning, teacher provides feedback; helps lead the students in the right direction in the inquiry, teacher takes supportive role in education.
The given video will provide better understanding of inquiry based learning in classroom.