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Supporting Equality of Education through Inquiry-Based Learning

Inquiry-based Learning for Faculty and Institutional Development: A Conceptual and Practical Resource for Educators

ISBN: 978-1-78441-235-7, eISBN: 978-1-78441-234-0

ISSN: 2055-3641

Publication date: 29 November 2014

Abstract

In this chapter we argue that inquiry-based learning can be efficacious in providing diverse and flexible levels of challenge to promote educational growth across a variety of populations. In this way, we position inquiry-based pedagogy as a way to support equality within education, as the practice promotes the academic and personal development of each unique student. We ground our argument in a philosophical approach that advocates for equality of educational growth as the principal guiding and evaluating measure. We outline how a university can take a scaffolding approach to embedding research-focused, inquiry-based learning throughout the curricular and co-curricular landscape of an institution, presenting an approach that facilitates students’ growth toward open inquiry and the highest levels of scholarship. Within an era of scarce resources, we focus on programs representing a wide range of cost and scalability so that they can be implemented to best suit individual institutional needs.

Citation

O’Shea, J. and Young, L.L. (2014), "Supporting Equality of Education through Inquiry-Based Learning", Inquiry-based Learning for Faculty and Institutional Development: A Conceptual and Practical Resource for Educators (Innovations in Higher Education Teaching and Learning, Vol. 1), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 439-459. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2055-364120140000001022

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