INQUIRY BASED LEARNING 

Inquiry-Based learning is a student-directed learning that believes firmly that education begins with the curiosity of the learner.  It is an approach to learning whereby students find and use a variety of sources of information and ideas to increase their understanding of a problem, topic, or issue. At Shonan International School, we are commited into providing learning opportunities that espouses investigation, exploration, research, pursuit, and study upon all areas of subject content.
 
The school culture is based on the idea that the responsibility of learning is given to the students. Therefore the role of the teacher is not to dispense knowledge and make decisions for the students. The students are expected to collaborate and cooperate with one another to construct new learning. As a 21st century skill, it is vital for students to take ownership of their learning.
 
Here is a visual image that describes how learning takes place in an inquiry based learning versus a conventional learning environment. 
 

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

BILINGUAL EDUCATION

INQUIRY BASED LEARNING 

SIS

INQUIRY BASED LEARNING
 
  • Student voice and choice
  • Questions and concepts
  • Collaborative work
  • Strategic thinking
  • Authentic investigations
  • Student responsibility
  • Student as knowledge creator
  • Interaction and talk
  • Teacher as model and coach
  • Cross-disciplinary studies
  • Multiple resources
  • Multimodal learning
  • Engaging in a discipline
  • Real purpose and audience
  • Caring and taking action
  • Performance and self-assessment
 
 
CONVENTIONAL CLASSROOM
 
  • Teacher selection and direction
  • Assigned topics and isolated facts
  • Solitary work
  • Memorization
  • As if/surrogate learning
  • Student compliance
  • Student as information receiver
  • Quiet and listening
  • Teacher as expert and presenter
  • One subject at a time
  • Reliance on a textbook
  • Verbal sources only
  • Hearing about a discipline
  • Extrinsic motivators
  • Forgetting and moving to next unit
  • Filling in bubbles and blanks
 
 
Why Teach Inquiry?
Research shows that active learning is a powerful tool. The benefits for students is the development of abilities that are crucial for learners such as, critical thinking, team-work and informational literacy. It encourages learners to be self-directed which is a significant skill that students will need to acquire in order to be successful in the 21st century. Inquiry-Based Learning can improve students´ enthusiasm and motivation for learning. 
 
Student Driven Activities 
Inquiry based Learning allow students to be active roles in the learning process. Therefore they are given meaningful tasks to do the following: 

CREATE

the use of imagination or original ideas to plan, create and invent something new.  

EXPERIMENT

 applying their knowledge and conceptual understanding to real-world problems or situations where the instructor directs and facilitates learning

PROBLEM SOLVE

overcome obstacles and find a solution that best resolves the issue. This includes both acedemic and social situations!

POINTS OF VIEW

Students developing their own values and morals about the world around them. 

COMMUNICATE

express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others. 

GENERATE QUESTIONS

Posing questions through first had experiences and looking for answers!

Insuring developmental success depends on success right from the start 

EXPERIMENT

COMMUNICATE