Inquiry

  • Rationale:

    Through inquiry learning, students develop a greater understanding of the world in which they live, learn and communicate.

    Inquiry Learning puts the student at the centre of an active learning process, with the teacher facilitating that learning. It promotes skill development and nurtures the development of good habits of mind. It is not so much seeking ‘correct’ answers, but rather seeking appropriate resolutions to their questions. Activities and interactions are set to help students build on their previous knowledge and skills.

    Purpose:

    •  For students to be immersed in their learning through practical and realistic situations.
    • For students to view themselves as learners in the process of learning and to willingly engage in an exploration process.
    • For students to raise questions, propose explanations and use observations.
    • For students to take ‘action’ based on their learning

     Implementation:

    • Essential questions, which reflect Victorian Curriculum, considerate of students’ prior knowledge and interests and form the focus of learning.
    • These questions guide teacher planning and student learning and promote thinking in a broader context.
    • A whole school approach to a common understanding and practice utilising Inquiry strategies and approaches will form the basis of revision of current units of work and the development of new learning experiences
    • Technology and resources are prepared to support the learner.
    • Students will express themselves through a variety of methods
    • Student assessment and self-evaluation will be an ongoing part of the facilitation of the learning process.
    • Assessment with be rigorous and will be based on criteria established by the partnership.
    • Students provided with feedback about their Inquiry.