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Inquiry strategy as an approach to teaching thinking skills and construction of knowledge

Inquiry strategy as an approach to teaching thinking skills and construction of knowledge

Inquiry-based learning is a teaching approach that focuses on the active construction of knowledge by students through questioning, exploration, and problem-solving. This approach encourages students to engage in critical thinking, to ask questions, and to explore topics in depth. An inquiry strategy is an effective approach to teaching thinking skills and the construction of knowledge for several reasons.

Firstly, the inquiry approach fosters critical thinking skills in students. Through inquiry-based learning, students are encouraged to ask questions, investigate and analyse information, and develop their own conclusions based on evidence. This process helps students to develop their critical thinking skills and to become more independent learners.

Secondly, the inquiry approach promotes the construction of knowledge. Rather than simply memorising facts and information, students are actively engaged in the process of constructing knowledge by investigating and analysing information. This process of construction leads to deeper understanding and more lasting retention of information.

Thirdly, the inquiry approach is student-centred, which means that it recognises the diverse needs and interests of students. By allowing students to pursue their own interests and to ask questions that matter to them, the inquiry approach makes learning more engaging and relevant to students.

Fourthly, the inquiry approach promotes collaboration and communication skills. Students are encouraged to work together in small groups, to share ideas and to collaborate on projects. This process promotes communication skills and teamwork, which are essential skills for success in the 21st-century workforce.

Fifthly, the inquiry approach is adaptable to different learning styles and levels. Students with different learning styles can engage in inquiry-based learning in ways that suit their strengths, whether that is through visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learning. Additionally, inquiry-based learning can be adapted to different levels of students, from elementary to high school, as well as for different subject areas.

In conclusion, an inquiry strategy is an effective approach to teaching thinking skills and the construction of knowledge. Through inquiry-based learning, students develop critical thinking skills, construct their own knowledge, engage in student-centred learning, collaborate and communicate effectively, and adapt to different learning styles and levels. Educators can incorporate inquiry-based learning into their teaching strategies to create more engaging and effective learning environments for their students.

Dr Rashmi Sinha

Asst. Professor, Department of Education, PWC

rashmi.edu@patnawomenscollege.in