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Article: Reconciling learning the 'basics' and inquiry teaching

Fostering thoughtful debate
The staff of the Critical Thinking Consortium tackles the apparent conflict between Back-to-the-basics and "inquiry teaching". Worth the read!

"....Media reports frequently present a polarized debate between two camps: "back to basics" versus "inquiry or discovery learning."4 The resulting impression that educators must chose between one or the other is the kind of exaggerated position that often propels the educational policy pendulum to oversimplify and overreact. In this article, we seek to explain how learning the basics and inquiry teaching can be reconciled, and to document the effects of doing so..."