Spotlight on Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning

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Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning


The Education Week Spotlight on Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning is a collection of articles hand-picked by our editors for their insights on:

  • Helping teachers navigate inquiry-based instructional approaches
  • Cultivating curiosity by teaching question formulation
  • "Constructing" knowledge using IKEA-inspired scaffolding
  • Empowering educators through collaborative inquiry

You get the eight articles below in a downloadable PDF.

The Exploratorium's Teacher Induction Program aims to keep new teachers in the classroom by offering access to scientific inquiry and the support of a professional community.
October 5, 2016 – Teacher

A number of new PD initiatives aim to help teachers elicit more complex responses and interpretations from students.
September 30, 2015 – Education Week


A recent study found that giving middle school math teachers access to inquiry-based lesson plans and online support significantly improved student achievement--and benefited weaker teachers the most.
July 12, 2016 - Curriculum Matters

One critical skill to help students become lifelong learners and innovators is that of question formulation.
October 7, 2016 - Global Learning

3 Tips for Guided Inquiry Math Lessons: The Ikea Effect
Ikea does a few things so that non-carpenters like myself can construct their furniture. They pre-drill holes in the wood, they provide would-be constructors with correctly sized tools which they'll need, and they write instructions for assembly which highlight the moves we should make as well as trouble spots where we are likely to go astray. Math teachers can create analogous scaffolds to empower our students.
May 4, 2016 - Prove It: Math and Education Policy

The investigation of disappearing cultures offers many opportunities for students to learn 21st century skills, including inquiry.
February 8, 2016 - Global Learning


Collaborative inquiry holds the potential to do that by calling each individual in education to raise within themselves a truer sense of leader and learner.
February 7, 2016 - Finding Common Ground

February 3, 2016 - Education Futures: Emerging Trends in K-12

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