SIG 20 - Inquiry Learning

Coordinators

Wouter van Joolingen

University of Twente, the Netherlands

Bram De Wever

Ghent University, Belgium

Annelies Raes

Ghent University, Belgium

Mission statement

 

The Inquiry Learning SIG focuses on how to design learning environments for effective inquiry learning. Inquiry practices include activities that scientists engage in to explore and explain different issues, topics, or problems in different knowledge domains. The SIG used to be called Computer-Supported Inquiry Learning, and while still a lot of research within the group is focusing on how to use information and communication technology to enhance inquiry, the SIG decided during its 2015 members meeting to also welcome researchers focusing on inquiry learning in general. The design of effective inquiry learning environments involves the inquiry aspect (e.g., a computer simulation, or a modeling environment) and the necessary cognitive scaffolds. To achieve an adequate design, a deep understanding of the learning processes that comprise inquiry learning and the difficulties learners may experience is necessary. The interests of the SIG include, but are not limited, to the following topics: collaborative inquiry learning, learning by modeling, scaffolding inquiry learning processes, assessment techniques for inquiry learning processes and their outcomes, and implementation of (computer-supported) inquiry learning in the curriculum and in and outside the classroom.

 

Activities

SIG 20 Biennial Conference

Theme
Inquiry and Argumentation: Education for Thinking
Dates
22nd - 24th of August, 2016
Place
Ghent University, Belgium