Inquiry-based learning in higher education: Principal forms, educational objectives, and disciplinary variations

A. Aditomo, P. Goodyear, A.-M. Bliuc, R.A. Ellis

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

73 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Learning through inquiry is a widely advocated pedagogical approach. However, there is currently little systematic knowledge about the practice of inquiry-based learning (IBL) in higher education. This study examined descriptions of learning tasks that were put forward as examples of IBL by 224 university teachers from various disciplines in three Australian universities. Data analysis uncovered the principal forms of IBL, the features of each form, their characteristic educational objectives, and possible disciplinary variations. The findings show that underlying the diversity of language and tasks regarded as IBL there is a limited number of distinct task forms and a broad conception of inquiry that is shared by university teachers. The findings also indicate that IBL is practiced in a wide range of disciplines, in both undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs, in smaller and larger classes, and in universities which are more and less research intensive.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1239-1258
Number of pages20
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Volume38
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • learning through inquiry
  • higher education
  • teaching practice
  • educational objectives
  • survey

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Inquiry-based learning in higher education: Principal forms, educational objectives, and disciplinary variations'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this