Glossary of Education
- Inquiry-Based Learning
- Inquiry-based learning is an instructional style based on the idea that learning may be facilitated by giving students the opportunity to explore an idea or question on their own. To arrive at an answer or to better understand the concept, students often collect and analyze data. For example, inquiry-based learning can be applied to a science class to help students understand the importance of sunlight for plant growth. Students try growing plants in various levels of sunlight (next to the window, in a closet, in the middle of the classroom) and learn about the importance of the sun by watching the plants grow.