George Lucas Educational Foundation

Inquiry-Based Learning

Instead of just presenting the facts, use questions, problems, and scenarios to help students learn through their own agency and investigation.

  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    Inquiry-Based Tasks in Social Studies

    Assignments that are bigger than a lesson and smaller than a unit are a good way to experiment with inquiry-based learning.
  • Lesson Plans

    A Wildlife Investigation for City Kids

    Inquiry-based lessons on animal adaptations guide Chicago third graders to think about the wildlife all around them.
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    Embracing Inquiry-Based Instruction

    A veteran teacher shares the frustrations and challenges of this student-centered teaching model—and why she finds it so powerful.
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    What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning?

    Teachers use inquiry-based learning to combat the “dunno” -- a chronic problem in student engagement. Check out these four steps for creating inquiry-based curriculum.
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    Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Asking the Right Questions

    An inquiry-based curriculum requires both planning and flexibility, as well as a teacher knowing the students well enough to anticipate their interests and limits.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL

    John Larmer of the Buck Institute for Education clears up any confusion on the difference between project-based learning, problem-based learning, and whatever-else-based learning.
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    Resources and Downloads to Facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning

    Find information, strategies, protocols, and tools to promote curiosity and engage students in asking questions, thinking critically, and solving problems.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Project-Based Learning Using Disney Movies

    Popular movies can be an entry point for students to dig deeper into historical studies.
  • Teaching Strategies

    Avoiding "Learned Helplessness"

    Take responsibility for empowering students, and avoid the schooling habits that train them to seek a single right answer instead of exploring the learning process.
  • Project-Based Learning

    Project-Based Learning Research Review

    Studies have proven that when implemented well, project-based learning (PBL) can increase retention of content and improve students' attitudes towards learning, among other benefits. Edutopia's PBL research review explores the vast body of research on the topic and helps make sense of the results.
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    Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class

    A four-step approach to using a powerful model that increases student agency in learning.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    Harnessing Students’ Curiosity to Drive Learning

    The inquiry-based model calls on students to develop questions to investigate and connect to other content.
  • Student Engagement

    Student-Centered Learning: Building Agency and Engagement

    Peek inside a high school where teachers act as facilitators and students are directors of their own learning.
  • Inquiry-Based Learning

    Local Issues Make Science Learning Meaningful

    Students use scientific inquiry to investigate real-world issues facing their community.
  • Teacher Development

    3 Reads to Inspire Your Teaching Practice

    Find ideas on student engagement, deeper inquiry, and project-based learning, whether you read on your own or in a book study group.