Inquiry Based Learning


Inquiry Based Learning

A group of educators exploring inquiry based learning frameworks and techniques. Ya gotta problem?

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Examples of Inquiry Based Lessons

Started by Kathleen. Last reply by Heidi Siwak Feb 12, 2011. 14 Replies

How do you use Inquiry Based Learning in your classroom?  Feel free to leave examples of lessons that went well, not so well, or even those you haven't tried yet that are based on student inquiry.Continue

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Relevant research on Inquiry Based Learning

Started by Kathleen. Last reply by Joseph Webb Nov 8, 2010. 3 Replies

The work of educational theorists such as Piaget, Dewey, Vygotsky andFreire paved the way for inquiry based learning. What resources addcontemporary relevance to their research?Continue

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Started by Kathleen. Last reply by Martha Hickson Aug 22, 2010. 4 Replies

Do you have any other inquiry based resources...Please share :)Continue

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Technology Tools to Support Inquiry Based Learning

Started by Kathleen. Last reply by Geralyn Schmidt Aug 6, 2010. 8 Replies

How do you use technology to support student inquiry? Please add any software, lessons ideas, or great websites to support Inquiry Based LearningContinue

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Comment by Matt Callison on October 14, 2012 at 1:56pm
Good Morning!

My name is Matthew Callison. I am a former elementary teacher working on my PhD in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington.

I am writing to ask for your voluntary participation in an online survey I created as part of a research study I am conducting. The purpose of this study is to learn more about elementary teachers knowledge of, and experience with, student-centered teaching approaches. My hope is that the information gathered in this study can be used to understand how we can better support elementary teachers.

If you are an elementary teacher, please consider participating in this online survey. Your experiences as an elementary teacher are invaluable in helping researchers and teacher educators learn more about how to support teachers like you in your important work.

The survey should take about 15 minutes to complete and does not collect any personal information unless you decide to leave your contact information at the end of the survey.  You can learn more about the study and begin the survey (if you choose to participate) by visiting the link below:

If you know of other elementary teachers who may wish to participate in this study, please forward this information to them.

Thank you for your time.

Matthew Callison
Doctoral Student
Instructional Systems Technology, School of Education, Indiana University Bloomington
Comment by Cem Can on September 13, 2010 at 1:42am
Dear colleagues and friends,

I was just wondering if you had some questionnaire/checklist to obtain data on foreign language teachers' perceptions on the use of Web2.0 tools. I would like to collect data on this topic. The results will be shared here, of course.

Many thanks for your assistance and cooperation in advance.

Cem Can
Comment by Martha Hickson on August 22, 2010 at 3:23am
One option might be to have students analyze photographs and describe what they think is happening and why (here's a graphic organizer from the Library of Congress that might help with that activity, and the teacher's version). After students have made their predictions, reveal the true story behind the image and ask students to reflect on the reasons for the differences between their predictions and the true story. A good source for useful historic photos could be the Library of Congress, which also has a free, one-hour module that you could take on "Analyzing Primary Sources: Photographs and Prints" to help you prepare for the lesson. I participated in a similar exercise that involved analyzing this Lewis Hines photograph. Based on the body language of the two girls in the foreground, I thought that they were in an argument; not so.
Comment by sanmi akinmusire on August 21, 2010 at 8:00am
Hi. just joined this group and am excited about it. I have an inquiry based learning for my Grade 6 kids on conceptions and misconceptions based on looks. the title is -Dont Judge Me. I need ideas on activities that will help drive the inquiry. Ideas anyone?

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