Technology-Enhanced Inquiry Learning

Inquiry learning (aka inquiry-based learning) is a range of educational approaches in which students collect and interpret information to address real-world problems. Technology-enhanced inquiry learning refers to the use of educational technologies to support student learning in inquiry settings. This entry provides (a) a definition of inquiry learning, (b) a discussion of educational technologies that can support information access and cognition in inquiry learning, and (c) a discussion of implications of technology-enhanced inquiry learning for education.

Inquiry Learning

In inquiry learning, students center their learning around an authentic, ill-structured problem, defined as a problem (a) with no clear solution or solution path, (b) that relates to students’ communities or lives, and (c) that requires use of the tools and processes of the discipline to solve. Students need ...

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