EDCI 569 Learning Project Summary: Inquiry Learning

“Inquiry Learning Word Cloud” by Christopher Lister is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

This blog posting reflects a summary of my learning on the topic of inquiry learning for the EDCI 569 #learningproject assignment.

 

Starting point:

I attempted to introduce an inquiry learning block into my weekly schedule last year and it did go well.  I did not scaffold the process nearly enough to ensure all my learners experienced success.  http://christopherlister.ca/choice/reintroducing-inquiry-learning-into-the-elementary-classroom/

 

Making connections:

I needed to understand how other k-12 educators were incorporating inquiry learning:

http://christopherlister.ca/tiegrad-2/learning-project-reflection-inquirychat/

 

Theoretical frameworks:

All classroom decision should be made based on evidence-based research.  Inquiry learning falls under the overarching learning theory of constructivism.

http://christopherlister.ca/tiegrad-2/constructivism-the-foundation-of-inquiry-learning/

 

Understanding the cycle of inquiry:

Before blindly jumping into an inquiry project it is important to know where you plan to take your students learning.

http://christopherlister.ca/tiegrad-2/inquiry-learningproject-reflection/

 

Important questions around inquiry learning:

When introducing inquiry learning into the classroom there will inevitably be stumbling blocks along the way.  It is nice to get ahead of the curve and learn from others.

http://christopherlister.ca/tiegrad-2/3-important-questions-on-classroom-inquiry/

 

Models of inquiry:

Exploring Spirals of Inquiry by Halbert and Kaser helped me understand the need for this type of student-centred learning.

http://christopherlister.ca/tiegrad-2/inquiry-lit-review-reflection/

 

Scaffolding the inquiry process:

Helping student understand and define inquiry learning is important.

http://christopherlister.ca/tiegrad-2/scaffolding-an-inquiry-question-with-kids/

 

The importance of self-regulated learning skills:

Time is needed to make sure students, embarking on a journey of inquiry learning, have the necessary learning skills to be successful.

http://christopherlister.ca/tiegrad-2/self-regulated-learning-skills-a-prerequisite-for-inquiry-learning/

 

Variations of inquiry learning:

Game-based and simulation-based learning lend themselves well to the pursuit of inquiry learning.

http://christopherlister.ca/tiegrad-2/game-based-learning-in-an-inquiry-framework/

 

 

Resources:

My Diigo bookmarks on the topic of inquiry learning:

https://www.diigo.com/outliner/2o04r1/Genius-Hour-CHOICE-Inquiry-Personalized-Lerning?key=j3rb5xgstu

 

Twitter Chats associated with inquiry:

#InquiryChat – Biweekly on Thursdays at 6pm PST

#GeniusHour – First Thursday of every month at 6pm PST

 

Key BC educators involved with inquiry learning:

Hugh McDonald @hughtheteacher

Neil Stephenson @neilstepenson

Gallit Zvi @gallit_z

Linda Kaser @lkaser

Judy Halbert @JLHALBERT

 

 

Future:

I have just started to collect and curate my own content on the topic inquiry learning and look forward to continuing to explore this in the future.

 

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