Traditional vs. Inquiry Approach

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A Comparison of a Traditional Approach with an Inquiry Approach.

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Traditional Approach Inquiry Approach
Teacher selection and direction Student voice and choice
Required topics and isolated facts Questions and concepts
Solitary work Collaborative work
Memorization Strategic thinking
As if/surrogate learning Authentic investigations
Student compliance Student responsibility
Student as information receiver Student as knowledge creator
Quiet and listening Interaction and talk
Teacher as expert and presenter Teacher as model and coach
One subject at a time Cross and transdisciplinary studies
Reliance on a textbook Multiple sources and perspectives
Verbal sources only Multimodal learning
Hearing about a discipline Engaging in a discipline
Extrinsic motivators Real purpose and audience
Forgetting and moving to the next unit Caring, reflecting, and taking action
Filling in bubbles and blanks Performance and self-assessments

Credit: International Baccalaureate Organization