14 February 2010

CILASS: Centre for Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences

Inquiry-based learning at Sheffield University, UK

"IBL reflects a strongly student-centred conception of learning. Research has demonstrated that active learning approaches such as IBL are particularly powerful educationally, improving the experience of discipline-based learning (Prosser and Trigwell, 1999). Further benefits for students include the development of a wide range of transferable capabilities in crucial areas such as autonomous learning, critical thinking, team-work and information literacy. Capabilities that are developed through inquiry-based activity are essential not only for students´ academic work, but also for their employability and lifelong learning. At the same time, IBL can greatly enhance students´ enthusiasm and motivation for learning (Brew, 2006)."

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