Inquiry Based Learning
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Inquiry Based Learning



27 November 2020 Friday


To Be Confirmed


9.00AM to 5.00PM

Closing Date:

29 May 2020 Friday


S$550.00 per participant. If 2 or more participants from the same school/organization attend the same workshop, the discounted fee will be S$500.00 per participant for that particular workshop. Fees are subject to GST and include all training materials, lunch and tea break.


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Other Information:

Registration is on a first-come-first serve basis. No refunds will be made for cancellations or in the case of absentees. The Academy accepts replacements for registered participants who are unable to attend for whatever reasons.


Workshop Description

Inquiry-based learning is a model of teaching and learning that is based in raising questions, critical thinking, and the discovery of knowledge. The heart of the model is based on teachers initially posing well-chosen, open-ended, appropriate questions, problems, or projects, and then, through critical thinking, further inquiry and formative feedback, helping students learn to discover knowledge.

The self-discovery of knowledge and understanding entails deeper and more lasting learning, as well as fostering habits of inquiry that will serve students well after they have left school. The understanding and knowledge acquired in this model are very different from that acquired didactically.

The sessions in the workshop are hands-on, with active participation and guided practice at inquiry-based learning, usually in small groups. Note that, in accord with best practices of inquiry-based learning, the topic in one session may continue into the session that follows.

Session 1.
A short introduction to inquiry-based learning.

  • The introduction will focus on the inter-relationships between inquiry-based learning, critical thinking, and discovery.
  • Participants will engage in base-line practice at structured inquiry in small groups, followed by feedback and reflection on the practice.
  • Some of the main strategies for inquiry-based learning will be introduced


Session 2.
The session will begin with participants coming up with a few well-chosen, open-ended, appropriate questions, problems, or projects as the foundation for inquiry-based learning in their discipline or subject matter. These are posed tentatively and may be changed or modified during the course of the day.

The practice will be based on asking critical thinking questions, specifically those founded in the elements of reasoning.

Participants will:

  • build an inquiry-based learning session based on the elements of reasoning.
  • receive de-briefing by observers;
  • discuss the session and its efficacy for learning.


Session 3.
This session will be founded on further inquiry-based investigation using additional critical thinking questions from the standards of critical thinking. A major part of this further inquiry will be based on exploring the complexities of the questions at issue, the concrete details and the degrees of precision that are so necessary for applied learning, the aspects of the questions, problems, or projects that are most important to investigate, and several others.

Participants will:

  • build an inquiry-based learning session in their discipline, using the standards of critical thinking as well as the elements of reasoning.
  • recognize the tension between planning and flexibility in conducting inquiry-based learning: open-ended inquiry versus inquiry toward a fixed point.


Session 4.
This session focuses on the problems raised by using inquiry-based learning as a major strategy or model for teaching.

Participants will:

  • identify some of the main problems they face, or anticipate that they will face, in using inquiry-based learning in their classes.
  • identify challenges for students as well as those for teachers
  • create and share strategies for addressing the challenges in inquiry-based learning.