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Inquiry based teaching and learning: What's in a name?

Mahony, MJ, Wozniak, H, Everingham, F, Reid, B and Poulos, A (2003). Inquiry based teaching and learning: What's in a name?. In: Bond, C and Bright, P 26th HERDSA Annual Conference: Learning for an Unknown Future, Christchurch, New Zealand, 6-9 July, 2003.

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Author Mahony, MJ
Wozniak, H
Everingham, F
Reid, B
Poulos, A
Title Inquiry based teaching and learning: What's in a name?
Conference Name 26th HERDSA Annual Conference: Learning for an Unknown Future
Conference Location Christchurch, New Zealand
Conference Dates 6-9 July, 2003
Conference Publication Title Learning for an Unknown Future: Proceedings of the 26th HERDSA Annual Conference
Editor Bond, C
Bright, P
Place of Publication Milperra, N.S.W
Publisher HERDSA
Publication Year 2003
ISBN 0908557558   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 1
End Page 9
Total Pages 9
HERDC Category E1 - Conference Publication (DEST)
Abstract This paper reports a research and development study on inquiry-based teaching and learning. Its genesis was in a faculty commitment to inquiry-based learning as a theme in undergraduate curriculum reform in the allied health sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney. A working party charged with overseeing a project to produce resources to support staff in their on-going implementation of this theme discovered that members could not themselves agree on terms about concepts and the relationships among them in this area. Subsequent investigation of recent literature and a survey of university health sciences professional educators in Australia and New Zealand confirmed that this lack of agreement is a widespread phenomenon. In this paper we report on our findings and conclude that it is not the range of concept labels but rather the multi-dimensional nature of the concept of inquiry-based teaching and learning which can cause ambiguity and conflicting interpretations in academic dialogue and practice. This limits opportunities for identifying and disseminating good practice in inquiry-based teaching and learning.
Keyword inquiry-based teaching
problem-based learning
health sciences
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