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What is Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL)

Didactic Strategies and Resources for Innovative Geography Teaching
An umbrella team that encompasses pedagogical approaches in which active learning is stimulated by questions, problems, or issues, and in which the teacher is a facilitator of learning. IBL can involve students understanding existing knowledge, or discovering new knowledge, and can range from heavily scaffolded approaches where the teacher provides a question or issue and an outline for how to address it, through to student-driven approaches whereby students identify a question and determine a way to explore it.
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Using Inquiry-Based Learning Approaches to Teach Undergraduate Geography
Rachel A. Spronken-Smith (University of Otago, New Zealand), Simon Kingham (University of Canterbury, New Zealand), and Ralf A. Ohlemüller (University of Otago, New Zealand)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-9598-5.ch001
This chapter discusses the use of inquiry-based approaches in teaching geography. Following an introduction of definitions for inquiry approaches and how they might be used in teaching, two case studies are presented. The cases involve similar final-year research methods courses in which students work in groups to address real-world issues or problems. Both courses are highly rated by students, and there is evidence of students attaining high-level learning outcomes. The benefits and challenges of teaching using inquiry approaches are discussed, and articles for the use of inquiry-based approaches in other geography contexts are provided. Finally, recommendations are provided for teachers wishing to use such approaches, whether they wish to incorporate small inquiry activities in their courses through to the use of inquiry assignments or the design of an inquiry course.
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A constructivist student-centered pedagogy using inquiry as a main vehicle for teaching and learning. It focuses on questioning, critical thinking, and problem solving.
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