An Investigation into Inquiry-Based Learning and Character Education
A visitorship report by Karen Cosh, Dainfern College
Inquiry-based learning (IBL) as an educational pedagogy, has become very popular on the international educational landscape in recent years. In many ways, this has been in a response to the 2030 skills that students need to develop rather than an acquisition of knowledge, and the need for learning to be student-centered rather than teacher-driven.
Australian Independent Schools have been some of the leaders in Inquiry-based Learning, also including Problem-based Learning and Project-based Learning. This report documents my visit to several Australian schools during 2019. The visit focused on best practise in teaching and learning, specifically on project and inquiry based learning for grade 8 and 9 students, with an underpinning of character education.