Learning through inquiry is not a new concept – at all. Much of the more general life- learning that we do as humans is based on inquiry. Here’s a basic example: As a baby, you saw a ‘thing’ across the room. Your little brain wondered what it was, so you crawled over to it and inspected it. You looked at it, touched it, and determined you wanted to play with it.
While babies may not be able to construct thorough explanations and communicate their questions and findings, the inquiry based learning concept is definitely there. As babies grow and turn into students, this style of learning can serve them well, especially in science. The handy infographic below takes a look at the steps of learning through inquiry, as well as some statistics on the importance of science education in the future. Keep reading to learn more.
Children can learn problem solving skills using methods similar to the ones scientists employ that will lead them through parallel stages of discovery. Young children learn to:
The National Science Resources Center (NSRC) has developed a similar learning cycle for science education, which they’ve called the FERA cycle.