Benefits of IBL

The benefits of incorporating IBL into social studies lessons are wide ranging and can include the following:

  • greater student independence
  • increased motivation, engagement, and enjoyment for students and teachers
  • inquiry skills promote critical thinking and creativity
  • improved collaboration and social interaction/responsibility
  • communication skills improve through open dialogue
  • increased attendance and reduction in discipline problems
  • greater competence in the use of technology (e.g., iPads for research, Geographic Information Systems, historic databases, video and graphic software, educational apps, etc.)
  • similar or improved performance on standardized testing
IBL Watt & Colyer
Image source: Watt, J., & Colyer, J. (2014). IQ: a practical guide to inquiry-based learning.

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