Inquiry-based learning is a learning and teaching approach that emphasizes students’ questions, ideas and observations. Instructors actively encourage students to share their thoughts and to respectfully challenge, test and redefine ideas. With inquiry-based learning, instructors and students share responsibility for learning.
Inquiry-based learning refers to a transformation of the traditional classroom. Students are encouraged to take part in group work to learn from their peers and participate in forms of guided learning, which is delivered by an instructor. This form of learning enhances comprehension—rather than memorizing facts and taking notes, students are now encouraged to discuss ideas among their peers. This form of learning also allows students to take ownership of their learning and increases their engagement with the content.