10 Benefits Of Inquiry-Based Learning

by TeachThought Staff

Inquiry-based learning is a term that educators and parents alike hear bandied about without a clear sense of exactly what it is, why it’s effective, how it works, and what its benefits are.

For now, let’s define inquiry-based learning simply as an open-ended approach to learning guided by students through questions, research, and/or curiosity.

Sketch-noter Sylvia Duckworth took Trevor MacKenzie’s ideas on the benefits on inquiry-based learning and put together the image above. We’ve linked to a few of our resources on some of the highlights below for extended learning and reflection.

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What benefits of inquiry-based learning do you see in your classroom? Let us know in the comments section below.

10 Benefits Of Inquiry-Based Learning

1. Nurture student passions and talents

(See 25 Ways to Promote Passion-Based Learning In Your Classroom)

2. Empower student voice and honor student choice

(See 4 Principles Of Student-Centered Learning)

3. Increase motivation and engagement

(See 27 Ways to Promote Intrinsic Motivation In The Classroom)

4. Foster curiosity and a love of learning

(See 4 Stages of Curiosity)

5. Teach grit, perseverance, growth mindset, and self-regulation

(See 4 Strategies to Promote Smarter Grit)

6. Make research meaningful and develop research skills

(See 8 Reasons Why Students Should Still Write Research Papers)

7. Deepen understanding to go beyond facts and content

(See 6 Tips & 18 Resources To Extend Learning Beyond The Classroom)

8. Fortify the importance of asking good questions

(See 7 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions)

9. Enable students to take ownership of their learning and to reach their goals

(See 60 Ways to Help Students Think For Themselves)

10. Solve the problems of tomorrow in the classrooms of today

(See 12 Principles for Modern Learning)

*previously published at TeachThought.com


  1. Von

    This was a great read. I mostly appreciate the suggested ideas and strategies to try. I will certainly share this with my teaching staff.

    • Buthaina Ruyyashi

      I love this post, particularly the one about passion, I do think it’s imperative to put kids’ passion to use for helping advance their learning. It’s very important for the students to see that the teacher is involved too with them to coach them, empower their interest, and help them stay on task.

      Thank you for sharing this with us Von.
      Buthaina Ruyyashi


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