6. Inquiry

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Inquiry-based learning is most consistent with the development of skills for lifelong learning. It prepares students to know what to do when the options before them are unclear.


Inquiry is an approach to learning that is directed by questions, problems, an hypothesis or a challenge that individuals and groups of learners work together to address. At its best, the learning is driven by student-generated questions. Students, assisted by the teacher, clarify the questions being asked and determine how to answer them. As knowledge is pursued, unplanned but important learning territory is often uncovered. 

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Additional Insights, Support and Examples
of Inquiry

  • Educators are invited to add insights, support and examples to this list. Email joanne@lsf-lst.ca
  • Resources for Rethinking (R4R) recommendations of classroom resources that exemplify Inquiry
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