Inquiry-based learning sparks innovation and collaboration

Inquiry-based learning models increase student motivation and lead to higher student achievement, as discerned in our national research study. This discovery is being reinforced in STEM programs across the country.

According to a recent article in US News & World Report, the success of many STEM academies is not the focus on science, technology, engineering and math courses. Instead, it’s the project-based teaching model, which sparks critical thinking and collaboration.

Inquiry-based pedagogy keeps students engaged by putting them in the driver’s seat as self-directed learners.  The personalized learning experience that is the hallmark of this model is enhanced by various technology tools. As the Project RED research revealed, technology plays an important role in helping students collaborate with other students, with experts in subject areas, and to participate in “virtual field trips” that enrich the learning process by developing critical thinking skills and fueling student motivation.

Has your district’s pedagogy changed? Are teachers spending less time lecturing and more time serving as guides along a student-directed path? How has technology been a part of this shift in teaching models? Share your experience in the comments below or at the Project RED Forum.

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