Examination arrangement: Assignment Grade: Letters. The course is practically aimed at alternative learning arenas, citical invesigation of digital sources, and field trips and field work within the social sciences. The focus is on developing tools for exploratory teaching, critical awareness and in-depth learning about the past and present. Active citizenship through student-activating and explarative approaches in a multidisciplinary perspective is emphasized. The focus will be on learning strategies in and outside the classroom, awareness of digital competence and skills related to the study of social science phenomena.
What is Inquiry Based Learning?
The Effect Of The Inquiry-Based Learning Approach On Student’s Critical Thinking Skills
The purpose of the general education program at Portland State University is to facilitate the acquisition of knowledge, abilities, and attitudes which will form a foundation for lifelong learning among its students. This foundation includes the capacity and the propensity to engage in inquiry and critical thinking, to use various forms of communication for learning and expression, to gain an awareness of the broader human experience and its environment, and appreciate the responsibilities of persons to themselves, to each other, and to the community. Students will enhance their capacity to communicate in various ways—writing, graphics, numeracy, and other visual and oral means—to collaborate effectively with others in group work, and to be competent in appropriate communication technologies. Students will learn various modes of inquiry through interdisciplinary curricula—problem-posing, investigating, conceptualizing—in order to become active, self-motivated, and empowered learners. Students will explore and analyze identity, power relationships, and social justice in historical contexts and contemporary settings from multiple perspectives.
Helping students reach their full potential through different learning approaches builds social and emotional learning skills, college and career-ready skills, and enhances problem-solving. Inquiry-based learning uses different approaches, cultivating skills through guided learning and small-group discussions to apply reasoning to reach conclusions. Confirmation Inquiry: Students are given a question, the answer, and method for reaching the answer. The students use their critical-thinking and investigation skills in learning how this method works.
A quasi-experimental design which employed time series design with single group participants was used. A total of 20 EFL undergraduate students who took advanced writing skills course were selected using comprehensive sampling method. The participants were given a series of three argumentative essay writing pretests both before and after the intervention, inquiry-based argumentative essay writing instruction. It consists interpretation, analysis, evaluation, synthesize explanation, inference, and self-regulation.