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Enquiry-Based Learning

Learning for Understanding

Learning for Understanding is a process inspired by Professor David Perkins, Graduate School of Education, Harvard University.

The enquiry process

is driven by a learner's own curiosity, wonder, interest, or passion to understand an observation or to solve a problem.

The process begins

when the learner notices something that intrigues, surprises, or stimulates a question—something that is new, or something that may not make sense in relationship to the learner's previous experience or current understanding.

The next step

is to take action through continued observing, raising questions, making predictions, testing hypotheses, and attempting to answer the enquiry.

The learner must find

his or her own pathway through this process.

As the process unfolds

more observations and questions emerge, providing for deeper interaction with greater potential for further development of understanding.

Along the way

the learner collects and records data, makes representations of results and explanations, and draws upon other resources and the expertise or insights of others.

Interpreting from the experience

requires observations, conversation, reflection, and the application of new concepts to other contexts.

All of these serve to help participants to construct and improve their mental framework of the world.

Now it is time to go back and Think.


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