Inquiry in the Classroom

Inquiry is built on the premise that students move from their current level of understanding to a new and deeper level of understanding. Vygotsky defines learning as ‘the creation of meaning that occurs when an individual links new knowledge with…existing knowledge’ (Vygotsky, L., 1999, “Thought and Language”, The MIT Press, ISBN 0-262-72010-8).

Visible inquiry includes the following to be executed in a variety of ways:

  • Problem solving
  • Researching
  • Connections made between previous and current learning – deepens understanding
  • Hypothesising and testing theories
  • Collecting data and analysing findings
  • Making predictions
  • Report writing and conclusions
  • Questioning, defending opinions and exploring other possibilities