The Natural Why
Inquiry Based Learning in OPEDUCA is about the unrelenting question 'Why?'. It is where students in OPEDUCA start with and never let go of again. They further develop this essential aspect of being human, enrich it with skills and competences and keep it in their system for the rest of their lives.
The 'Why' is about the for adults sometimes nerve-wrecking daily practice when dealing with children and youngsters. Giving answers is hard to hold on to. A sight of relief when the awaking mind can be handed to teachers at least for some part of the day. And then? Will the pupil become a student, find itself in a warm bath of answers, discovery and further exploration or will it turn out that the learning for the moment is parked away in a school?
Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) in the context of the OPEDUCA-concept sees to learning with a mindset in the momentum of interest and focus (where the inquiry is). The student collects, interprets and assimilates data to information, the mind open to gather, place, interpret and get informed. This learning tuned to the person at the specific moment is entirely different from a school-class in which a teacher tries to meet a multitude of mindsets with a single instruction addressing a sole issue. As the term tells, IBL is about learning and should not be regarded a teaching approach. It is not a minimally guided instruction as it requires teachers and educators to guide but not channel students’ learning.