Inquiry-based learning is an active form of learning, where the emphasis is given to the role of the learner/student in the learning process. This type of learning implies asking questions, doubts about various problems and scenarios by the student.
Inquiry-based learning is a striking contrast to the traditional learning method, where the learning process heavily relies on the teacher and his/her instructions and flow of knowledge. Under this, the students are constantly encouraged to explore the various content, form and ask questions, present their findings, and share their ideas with everyone.
Hands-on learning and problem-based learning are integral to inquiry-based learning, where the students learn by actually performing and experiencing. It is also believed that the learner can retain the maximum percent of content learned by exploring and experiencing it first-hand.
Educators have found various benefits associated with the same and they are:
· Deeper understanding of the topic.
· Enhancing learner’s learning experience.
· Generates ample curiosity in the minds of learners.
· Strengthens engagement with the topic.
· Generates a love for learning.
In short, just like experiential learning, inquiry-based learning requires active participation from the student’s end. This form of learning helps in making learning interactive and fun for both the educator and the learner.