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Inquiry Based Learning at Wantirna College

Joanna Karanikolopoulos
Joanna Karanikolopoulos teaches Year 8 English and Humanities and VCE History Revolutions at Wantirna College, Victoria.

Inquiry based learning (IBL) reflects a broad shift in emphasis from teaching to learning, and also a concern to find new ways to engage a generation of students who are frequently put off by traditional ‘chalk and talk’ teaching. Despite its attractions, however, IBL is challenging to implement. The article describes how a group of Year 8 teachers at Wantirna College in Victoria are exploring ways to apply IBL in Mathematics, English, Science and Humanities classes.

Key Learning Areas

Studies of Society and Environment

Subject Headings

Project based learning
Secondary education