Target 4: Inquiry-driven Learning
Inquiry-based learning is an approach that involves starting with a question, problem, or scenario and then allowing learners to investigate and find an answer. It's about teaching problem-solving skills rather than distributing knowledge.
An easy-to-understand and simplified example of an inquiry-based approach could be a teacher starting a unit or lesson by asking, "How can you discover the area of a triangle?" versus a teacher telling students the equation for determining the area of a triangle and offering practice problems. Facilitated by a teacher, a student may use a variety of tools and resources to research and experiment with different methods of solving the problem, uncovering patterns that eventually lead them to the correct formula.
This is a required strategy within the International Baccalaureate framework. There are four recognized levels of inquiry-based learning, which range from highly structured to entirely student-driven. As a student progresses through these levels, they gain more independence.
So let's take a look at what this means for each stakeholder within the school community: