The cold left-overs of inquiry-based learning

3-Star learning experiences

Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen

It looks like the tide might be turning. Since its heyday at the beginning of this century, inquiry-based learning has slowly but surely come to look more and more like an educational exercise guided and supported through…good instruction. And the reason is obvious: Learners learn more and better that way. 

 In 2006, Paul A. Kirschner, John Sweller, and Dick Clark wrote a famous/notorious (your choice) article on inquiry-based learning[1] (IBL). Well, it was actually also about constructivist[2], discovery[3], problem-based[4], and experiential learning[5]. In the article, the authors explained why, for example an inquiry-based approach is neither effective nor efficient. Since then, many articles and books have been published on the topic, both by  IBL’s proponents and opponents. Interestingly, at the same time things started to turn. IBL moved towards “guided discovery”, problem-based learning approaches…

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