Theoretical Foundations and Epistemological Insights of the Community of Inquiry

Theoretical Foundations and Epistemological Insights of the Community of Inquiry

D. Randy Garrison (University of Calgary, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-2110-7.ch001
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Abstract

This chapter discusses the epistemological assumptions and theoretical foundations of the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework. Specifically, it addresses the central concepts of community, collaboration, constructivism, inquiry, discourse, metacognition, co-regulation, and motivation. The primary goal is to reinforce the CoI’s theoretical coherence and enhance its practical utility in providing direction to the study and practice of e-learning in a range of education contexts.
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Unity Of Discourse And Reflection

We begin our discussion here with an exploration of the epistemology of a community of inquiry. That is, in its simplest terms, an exploration of what constitutes knowledge and how is it justified in a collaborative constructivist community of inquiry. We focus on each of the constituent components before exploring the inseparability of the individual and group in achieving a community of inquiry worthy of a higher order learning experience.

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