Enquiry-based learning is an approach to education in which students are fully engaged by asking questions, reaching for answers, making bigger-picture connections, reflecting on learning, and taking action. At VIS we use the Fieldwork Education learning cycle to guide students through the enquiry process, taking them from the known to the new.
The main idea of enquiry-based learning is to offer the chance to learn through a collective experience of doing, creating, building, exploring, and investigating. Through enquiry projects, students learn to manage time and activities, how to distribute tasks effectively, share information, and be responsible for the production and presentation of researched material. The follow-up phase provides for critically thinking about the outcomes of students’ enquiries.
It’s vital that students see and value learning as a dynamic process where they are constantly making connections and moving on to the next step. If students are challenged by the next step and empowered to set realistic goals, they will continue to move on with greater enthusiasm and wonder.