Inquiry Learning is an active, student-centered pedagogy that enables children to experience the process of knowledge creation.
An inquiry based approach is driven by students' curiosity about the world around them. It encourages connection, co-operation, and collaboration by allowing students to pose and solve problems together and with their communities in shared, authentic learning experiences.
The meaning of "knowing" has shifted from being able to remember and repeat information to being able to find and use it.
National Research Council, 2007
Kath Murdoch shares her thoughts on the strategies used by teachers in inquiry-based classrooms. Questioning and scaffolding learning is key in an inquiry approach. She emphasises the importance of teachers knowing where they want to take students within the curriculum but bringing the students interests into the inquiry.
Hillcrest School teacher, Miel MacLean and students share how learning experiences, in a student-led inquiry into Māori kites, were enriched through using technologies and publishing via a collaborative wiki.
LEARNZ virtual field trips are free, supported inquiry based e-learning experiences that take students and teachers to places throughout New Zealand and beyond, where they link with experts to investigate and explore their world.
These snapshots of learning outline how technologies are used to support student inquiry.
Students at Ashburton Netherby School used digital technologies to support an inquiry focused approach to learning.
Houghton Valley School trialled Hāpara Teacher Dashboard and Google Apps with their senior classes over 12 months, with a vision for improving literacy learning outcomes.
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School stories demonstrate teachers using technologies to provide personalised, authentic learning experiences relating to student inquiry.
Miranda Makin, DP Albany Senior High School, describes how technologies have enabled students engaged in the Impact Project to take their learning beyond the school and engage with experts to find information and share their learning.
At St Hilda's Collegiate, every Year 9 student is mentored with someone from the local community and they work throughout the year on their Passion project
Year 13 student Daniel Cowpertwait describes a "mod" he has developed for an online game Portal.
Teacher Shelley Blakey and e-learning facilitator Sandy Bornholdt describe the inquiry process they went through with the students to develop this successful conference run by students for students.
School teacher Natasha Jacobs and students from her Year 5/6 class explain how they create a storywheel that is then digitised and supported with audio narration.
A student-led inquiry into Māori kites at Hillcrest School.
Teacher Liz Dench and a student, from Hillcrest High School, discuss accessing how using technologies expands learning.
Team leader, Caroline Marris and year 7-8 students explain how they worked together to design their innovative learning environment.
Teacher, Chris Johnston outlines the NoTosh model design thinking model he used with his students during their game design inquiry. The inquiry enabled a cross-curricular learning approach including maths, English, and technology.
Stephen Eames explains how the physical learning spaces contribute to success at Rāroa Normal Intermediate School.
Stephen Eames shares how teachers are supported to collaborate at Rāroa Normal Intermediate School.
Dave Gillies shares approaches used at Rāroa Intermediate Normal School to get to know their learners.
Dave Gillies shares how teachers connected student interest in skateboarding to the curriculum.
Chris Bailey explains how working alongside other teachers and students creates opportunities for integrated learning.
Chris Bailey shares how a dedicated learning space for design production helps students to collaborate on a variety of activities.
Chris Bailey and Dave Gillies share how they build rapport with students and make learning enjoyable for them.
Caroline Moore, parent, shares how real-time reporting deepens the connections between home, school, and learner.
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Inquiry based learning
In this EDtalk Jan-Marie Kellow talks about how inquiry based learning provides an excellent context for developing students’ thinking skills.
Student inquiry and curriculum integration (Part A)
the first of two articles about student inquiry and curriculum integration. The aim is to help educators consider the ideas about learning that underpin different integrated and inquiry approaches and their fit with ideas in The New Zealand Curriculum.
What is Inquiry?
Information, research results, and resources about inquiry learning compiled by Jan-Marie Kellow during her time as a Ministry of Education e-learning fellow and updated from her ongoing work.