Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL): What It Is and Why It Matters

Curiosity is an essential precursor to learning. However, many argue that curiosity is stifled to the point of near extinction in modern American education. One possible remedy: inquiry-based learning, or IBL.

Here are six articles that explain the how, what and why of inquiry-based learning:

Ainissa Ramirez’ A Case for Curiosity, on Edutopia
Ramirez explores research that defines young children as scientists, constantly observing and exploring their surroundings.

An in-depth explanation of inquiry-based learning at, including how it differs from the traditional approach
This is the place to go for a crash course in the philosophy of IBL.

Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist?
This Mind/Shift article explores the connection between IBL and standardized content, and provides some guidance on how teachers can incorporate the two in the modern classroom.

Thom Markham’s blog post on incorporating project-based learning (PBL) into STEM education
Markham explains the importance of learning and doing.

A brief explanation of the differences and similarities between inquiry-based, problem-based and project-based learning from
When exploring this topic, you may see the terms project-based and inquiry-based used interchangeably, so this article clears up some of the different approaches.

A round-up of the benefits of expeditionary learning
Expeditionary learning, which might be described as large-scale project-based learning, is becoming more popular in schools across America. This article explains why that’s a good thing.

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