Enquiry-Based Learning · 8 January 2023

Enquiry-Based Learning (EBL) Guide

Enquiry-based learning (EBL) is a student-centred approach to learning that involves students actively investigating and solving real-world problems. In an EBL lesson, students are given a problem or question to explore, and they are guided through the process of finding a solution or answer.

Here are some steps you can follow to create an EBL lesson:

  1. Identify the problem or question: The first step in an EBL lesson is to identify the problem or question that students will be investigating. This should be a real-world problem that is relevant and interesting to the students.
  2. Set the learning objectives: Next, you should determine the specific learning objectives for the lesson. What do you want the students to learn or be able to do by the end of the lesson?
  3. Introduce the problem or question: Introduce the problem or question to the students and provide any necessary background information. You can also provide resources or materials that the students will need to complete their investigation.
  4. Guide the investigation: Encourage the students to ask questions, make observations, and gather data to help them understand the problem or answer the question. You can also provide guidance and support as needed but try to allow the students to take the lead in their own learning.
  5. Analyse and interpret the data: Once the students have gathered their data, help them to analyse and interpret it. Encourage them to draw conclusions and make connections to what they have learned.
  6. Share the results: Finally, have the students share their findings with the class or with a larger audience. This could be through a presentation, a report, or some other form of communication.

The key to an EBL lesson seems to be to provide students with an opportunity to actively engage with the material and take an active role in their own learning. By guiding them through the process of investigating a real-world problem, you can help them develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Author: Christian Cohen (Ethnographic Education)

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