Inquiry-based learning is an approach to science instruction that has been around for over 40 years and has many positive aspects, including: critical thinking, student achievement, positive attitudes towards science, and student engagement. Inquiry-based learning has four different levels and is an instructional method that provides a problem or question which allows students to complete an investigation. This action research project will explore how inquiry-based learning affects student engagement and how student’s feel about inquiry. Students were taught with two days of traditional instruction, two days inquiry-based instruction, and then given a pre-survey and post-survey, and observed using an engagement scale. Overall, students scored better on the post-survey and had a higher rating for engagement. These results indicate that students showed greater engagement during the inquiry-based learning days.
Middle Childhood Education
Dr. Emilio Duran
First Advisor Department
School of Teaching and Learning
Dr. Jodi Haney
Second Advisor Department
Environment and Sustainability
Wheatley, Kimberly, "Inquiry-Based Learning: Effects on Student Engagement" (2018). Honors Projects. 417.