The benefits of inquiry-based learning and noise class

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Inquiry-based learning (IBL) is a widely used and highly recommended teaching strategy in science curriculum and throughout education (Aldahmash et al., 2016; Dunne et al., 2013; Wang et al., 2014). Mäeots et al. (2011) Define IBL as a By designing and using experimental identification methods and analytical observations, students create and develop hypotheses and experiments, identify and test relationships (P. 83).

This learning approach allows students to research, experiment and explore as many topics as possible. This allows them to incorporate theories and assumptions and apply the material to understand and assimilate the solution to the identified problem or concept (Severi, 2006). In contrast, traditional learning (TL) is a strategy that develops and focuses around the instructor. Information is usually taught by instructors or from resources, including textbooks and lectures (Khalaf, 2018). Through the use of this strategy, monitoring student progress is an essential aspect of teaching and learning. Traditional education focuses on students ’ability to answer content knowledge questions through standardized testing and multiple assessment options, and primarily students lack the ability to connect strong, in-depth and personal relationships with scientific literature (Khalaf, 2018).

What are the types of inquiry-based learning?

Confirmation Inquiry

In this learning approach, students are asked a question, its answer and the method of finding the answer. They use their critical thinking and investigative skills to learn how the method works.

Open the inquiry

The open inquiry method allows students to ask basic questions and investigate through their methods, presenting their results to increase their knowledge base through discussion.

Structured inquiry

The structured inquiry approach gives students an open question and inquiry method. Then, they use this method to draw evidence-supported conclusions.

Guided inquiry

Guided inquiry-based learning allows students to come together in groups to build research methods and strengthen problem-solving skills.

What are the benefits of inquiry-based learning?

The brain prepares for learning

Running a small inquiry activity at the beginning of the class helps students retain information throughout the day. Creating curiosity through an activity forces them to inquire about something at the beginning of the class and prepares their brain to learn through intellectual stimulation. You can get started by playing a video or sharing a primary source document. Then, give students a free question that they can answer individually or as a group. This will help start classes where curiosity will grow and intelligence will be stimulated.

Increases understanding

Inquiry-based learning enables students to relate to their learning. Their curiosity helps students to engage in learning and gain a deeper understanding of the subject and content, rather than memorizing and memorizing primarily rules, ideas or formulas.

This process helps most students understand why rules or formulas work, how ideas were developed, and when they can apply rules, formulas or ideas.

Creates ownership

This inquiry-based learning allows students to explore the subjects of their interest and strengthen their autonomy in learning. They engage and learn in a style that meets their needs. In addition, using open questions, solving them through basic strategies gives students the right to own their education. Students should be able to create an understanding of the concept through their methods and way of thinking. This puts students at the center of their learning experience, e.g. Empirical teaching. It does not prevent them from following a process they do not understand, possibly leading to a seemingly unjust conclusion.

Promotes commitment

This method of active learning encourages students to immerse themselves in the learning process. They connect, ask questions and learn more effectively as they explore different topics and reach their conclusions.

Enhances education

Inquiry-based learning creates fun and engagement for students by exploring the subject independently, creating their learning process.

In addition, students develop transferable skills that strengthen initiative and autonomy. They learn to ask questions, discuss problems, collaborate on tasks, cooperate and reach conclusions. These developments are summarized through self-guided research and analysis based on their activities. Also, when students can exercise autonomy on their learning process, they become more engaged, helping to create a higher level of discovery and interest in learning.

Cultivate the necessary skills

Introducing inquiry-based learning methods helps students build their comprehension, critical thinking and communication skills. The constant use of their cognitive skills helps not only in the classroom but also in daily life.

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