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Table 2 Teachers’ views of inquiry-based learning

From: Teacher views on inquiry-based learning: the contribution of diverse experiences in the outdoor environment

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Complex views of inquiry Epistemic aspects Inquiry-based learning is a process that encourages critical thinking. The learner controls the learning process, comes up with questions and hypotheses and examines their accuracy through learning the content… The student only develops an understanding of concepts that were already investigated, and does not necessarily develop new knowledge
Procedural aspects Inquiry-based learning is consistent: defining a goal, hypothesis, procedure, results presented in tables or graphs, conclusions, control and repetitions
Inquiry is asking questions, designing the investigation, presenting the results, in diagrams, for example, and offering recommendations. It is lots of things…
The basis for every inquiry is a certain question, and the goal is to find an answer. You can use qualitative tools, or quantitative and experimental to find the answer
Superficial views Partial procedural views Collecting information from various resources. The teacher will explain the collected information
Inquiry-based learning is meaningful to the student: asking questions and trying to answer them by using information resources
Every student-centered learning When students are engaged in inquiry, they are independent learners, and they have high motivation to learn
We get a more independent learner who investigates. We don’t really teach her, but rather support her in every stage…
Meaningless answers   Inquiry-based learning, is a curriculum that integrates inquiry, and uses inquiry to teach scientific concepts
Inquiry-based learning is to inquire about a phenomenon