Inquiry: Our Natural Gift, Our Duty to Grow It

Inquiry is something that each and every one of us do all day everyday – it’s how we function as humans, born curious and constantly seeking for answers yet to be discovered. It is also the reason that mankind is the fastest developing species with advanced technology that essentially roots from discovery. This unique characteristic in humans is what sets us apart from the other living creatures on earth, making it arguably the most important element in mankind.

Since we are born with it, this natural disposition is like our core to function and survive. However, very much like an uncarved diamond rock, we need to mould this skill of ours in order for it to achieve its full potential. Once this “diamond rock” becomes polished into a beautiful gem, we can do way more than just surviving; we will thrive instead. Close to none can refute the importance of inquiry, but how does one learn to be more curious? The answer is, in short, through educating and applying a good inquiry cycle.

Now you may be thinking…

What does a good inquiry cycle look like? But wait.
What is an inquiry cycle anyways?

 

To simplify, inquiry-based learning is more often explained through a cycle model. This cycle model generally includes a minimum of 3 elements that interact with each other to show and describe how inquisitive learning occurs. Now, let’s take a look at a few models to compare their usages and to measure their effectiveness.

 

A Basic Model (Simplistic):

  • The most basic model – useful to portray the general nature and mind process when one is curious about something.
  • It serves as a primary foundation and does not show the further possible complexities of the mind.
  • Because it is too general, this model serves little purpose to mould a good inquisitor.

 

A Standard Model (Average):

  • This model is more comprehensive in the sense that it is able to divide and identify more thought processes that should happen for effective learning.
  • It is more useful in the sense that it at least provides a general guideline to educate/learn.
  • While it is applicable to general learning, this model is somewhat lacking a more in-depth guidance for learners to approach more complex questioning.

 

A Holistic and Effective Model (Best):

*Hint: Right click & open/save the image to get a clear viewSource: IST Library

  • A holistic model. This model guides learners step by step and due to its comprehensive coverage, it is able to serve almost any user to enhance their learning experience.
  • This model is also adapted from multiple renowned researchers from the academic field.
  • Its holistic coverage and reliability make it an ideal model to follow.
  • This model is also versatile. It can help with both simple and complex enquiries.
  • Notice how thought processes are carefully scaffolded in order to provide effective guid for the learner, thus making it an example of a quality inquiry cycle.

 

To Practice

Now we have a good idea as to how an effective inquiry cycle looks like. All there’s really left to do is to engage ourselves with it. Many of the best school curriculums like the International Baccalaureate, The British Curriculum and The American Curriculum have already implemented the inquiry cycle in ways that will improve their programs. While some inquiry cycles may differ a little, recognized inquiry cycles generally serve the same purpose and can be extremely helpful to a learner. The key term here is scaffolding. In order for a person to learn well, he/she should be guided step-by-step, from simple questioning to deeper ones. When a person explores an idea thoroughly, he/she will also come to a reflective state. This enables an organised mind in the learner and more importantly, gives him the ability to dissect issues critically. A well formulated opinion will then follow naturally. Wondering about how the world works is great, but having a set of skills to examine ideas and be educated well is even better.

Let learning become a true experience. This is what we at BeED believe in. Each of our Learning Experiences is crafted with careful consideration to provide a good flow in understanding a subject. Our work undergoes several rounds of evaluation to ensure that any type of learner will be able to approach it, thanks to the step-by-step guidance it provides. Our Learning Experiences allow an in-depth exploration of your chosen topic, from your favourite subject or one that you want to improve on or maybe even something that you are just plain curious about. Experience BeED at www.beedtheworld.com


References

  1. Broderick, Jane Tingle, and Seong Bock Hong. “Introducing the Cycle of Inquiry System: A Reflective Inquiry Practice for Early Childhood Teacher Development.” ECRP – Early Childhood Research & Practice. N.p., 2011. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.
  2. Library, IST. “Inquiry Cycle.” Flickr. Yahoo!, 06 Oct. 2007. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.
  3. Murdoch, Kath. “Media.” Kath Murdoch. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.
  4. Murdoch, Kath. “An Overview of the Integrated Inquiry Planning Model.” An Overview of the Integrated Inquiry Planning Model (2010): n. pag. Kath Murdoch. 2010. Web. 5 Apr. 2017.
  5. Youngson, Nick. Inquiry. Digital image. Http://nyphotographic.com/. The Blue Diamond Gallery, Aug. 2016. Web. 6 Apr. 2017.

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