IBL Pedagogy

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