The article introduces Inquiry-based learning (IBL) by providing examples of IBL classrooms, analysing the process of IBL, and explaining how it might benefit children’s learning skills. An IBL classroom is a student-centred classroom and aims to improve students’ self-learning skills. Unlike traditional acquisition style of learning, IBL enables students tolearn and practice not only knowledge and theories from textbooks but also their individual abilities, such as critical thinking, process skill and teamwork. It is based on Piaget’s constructivism theory of cognitive development. Apart from IBL, there are also Problem-based learning (PBL) and Project-based learning (PjBL).
(MA Yanting，TAO Xuanzi)