Inquiry Based Learning

1454 Words Jan 31st, 2018 6 Pages
A well rounded individual is not only considered upon what he or she knows but the individual’s aptitude to think, communicate, collaborate, and be lifelong learners. Employers are currently pursuing young men and women in STEM fields who are able to examine issues, think critically, resolve conflict, communicate effectually and are able to take leadership roles (Justice, Rice, Roy, Hudsptih, & Jenkins, 2009).The success and development of skills of an individual begins in school. Inquiry based learning is one approach that plays a critical role in the development in array of skills, knowledge, and concepts needed to become successful individuals and is not new to education. Inquiry based learning is not a new concept in education. Inquiry based learning can be traced back to educational theorists such as Dewey, Bruner, Postman, and Weingarten (Justice, Rice, Roy, Hudspith, & Jenkins, 2009). Dewey believed that students need to develop critical thinking skills rather than the memorization of facts to be successful individuals (Justice et. al. 2009). Critical thinking is an important component in many fields. Dewey also felt that thinking was a reflective process and that students made observations to clarify what may be happening to gain an understanding (Runnel, Pedaste, & Leijen, 2013). Thought-provoking science demonstrations can be conducted in classrooms to allow students to make observations and try to make sense of what may be happening. Inquiry based learning…
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