Inquiry Learning
Inquiry learning is a learner-centred approach with a focus on developing higher order thinking skills. Learning is driven by a process of inquiry owned by the student.
This model is underpinned by a belief that it is essential that students are educated for knowledge creation, lifelong learning and leadership.

The many forms of inquiry learning may include integrated curriculum, issue/problem based scenarios, negotiated inquiry and play based inquiry.

Inquiry is characterised by students:
  • asking questions, building on prior knowledge and making their own discoveries
  • finding out information from primary sources to answer generative questions and develop deep conceptual understandings
  • making connections between ideas, learning domains and experiences.

The benefits of using an inquiry are significant because this approach:
  • considers connections across learning areas
  • considers the way that individual students learn
  • allows learning to be more relevant, as concepts are learned in context and relate to existing knowledge
  • requires that content is relevant, integrating multiple aspects/concepts simultaneously
  • links schools to the wider community
  • assists in the management of a crowded curriculum by combining a number of expected outcomes into rich assessment tasks whilst enabling skills to be developed in context and across domains
  • provides students with meaningful links between activities, rather than jumping from ‘subject’ to ‘subject’ with little contextual relevance
  • supports students to become autonomous learners.

An excellent presentation on Reggio Emilia philosophies from You Tube put together by a school in Singapore.