Inquiry Based Learning is an approach to learning based on the idea that knowledge is generated from hands-on, active learning. In essence IBL relates to real life and challenges students to think about real world problems.
The inquiry process at Matthew Flinders has three distinct phases:
– Immersion – engages students through a variety of teachers directed learning experiences.
– Petit Inquiry – students investigate a chosen topic in more detail and share their findings with their peers.
– Rich Task – students use pre-existing and new knowledge and skills to plan and complete their own project. The project must make a difference to their life or someone else’s.
Other key features of IBL include:
– High use of ICT with on demand access
– Focus on thinking processes and reflection
– Flexible classroom spaces
– Student centered learning
– Team teaching and extended periods of time with one central teacher
– Interdisciplinary learning