1) “Inquiry is the act of seeking information by questioning.” (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/inquiry) Using Inquiry you are to wonder and go deeper into the subject than you normally would, by interrogating the subject. Investigating a situation thoroughly and righteously. (http://galileo.org/teachers/designing-learning/articles/what-is-inquiry/) The dimensions of inquiry are: authenticity, academic rigor, assessment, use of digital technologies, active exploration, connecting with expertise, and elaborated communication. I also was able to find this definition of Inquiry and thought it was the perfect explanation, “Inquiry … requires more than simply answering questions or getting a right answer. It espouses investigation, exploration, search, quest, research, pursuit, and study. It is enhanced by involvement with a community of learners, each learning from the other in social interaction.” (Kuklthau, Maniotes & Caspari, 2007, p. 2) (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/CBS_InquiryBased.pdf)
2) Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) is to ask as many questions as necessary to fully understand the subject. Go beyond the normal measures of finding facts and look deeper into than you normally would. Ask more questions and research more on your subject. (http://www.teach-nology.com/currenttrends/inquiry/) Teachers use inquiry based learning to fully engage the students and potentially increase there understanding through the course hands on. (http://www.teachinquiry.com/index/Introduction.html)
3) Science Education uses Inquiry Based Learning in their experiments while trying to decide on a hypothesis. They are to gather information and questions form students with little knowledge on the subject and then using inquiry based learning they are to collaborate on methods and using the questions they are to find more direction to ask deeper questions. (http://www.brynmawr.edu/biology/franklin/InquiryBasedScience.html) History teachers use Inquiry Based learning through textbooks more than through technology, they want their students to investigate questions through historical evidence, they want their students to see that history isn’t always a collection of facts but also a “rigorously constructed set of arguments.” (https://prezi.com/u-vyz19kuze2/inquiry-based-learning-in-history-classrooms/) Not everyone ages on Inquiry Based learning and as we can see from my research that science teachers use it for their methods as history teachers use it more for proving that history isn’t always what we believe it is.
-Students who seem to have a better grasp of the topic are able to provide bigger theories and make “bigger ideas” out of a circumstance than other students who might just continue to find more information through simple questions. (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/literacynumeracy/inspire/research/CBS_InquiryBased.pdf) Students who attend public school vs. being homeschooled might have a different look upon inquiry based learning because the homeschooled students are able to engage more one on one and seek time to find more inquiry based information than a public school student would on a time scheduled bases in class. There thinking might not be able to be as engaged as a homeschooled students thinking would making the public school student not agree completely with inquiry based thinking. (https://dmabe4.wordpress.com/tag/inquiry-based-learning/)
-There are overlaps in peoples’ understandings of Inquiry Based Learning from connotation and denotation learning. Connotation refers to anything that could be used in more than one way, while denotation refers to things that can only be referred to as one thing. When inquiry based learning becomes apart of this the critical thinking has to be more engaged than usual. (http://atheism.about.com/od/criticalthinking/a/meaning.htm) When one is trying to determine rather something is connotative verse denotation most assume and come up wrong in the end. When using the two words you are trying to describe the meaning of a word, technically you are using inquiry based learning to look further into something than usual. People don’t realize this and don’t understand the use of inquiry based learning while they are trying to figure out the denotation or connotation of a word. (https://www.csun.edu/~bashforth/098_PDF/06Sep15Connotation_Denotation.pdf)