There are few similarities between inquiry based and traditional education, the main similarity is that both learning can be taught in the same country, and both have the goal to prepare students to success in the university. Inquiry is becoming more popular in schools but rote learning is still applied in today’s modern classrooms.
A student in a traditional teacher centered learning environment it is easier to lose attention as students are not as invested in what is being taught. They would be more interested if it was more engaging in active involvement so the students could express their ideas. Therefore, having more participation. Also, when there is an exam or assessment the students who are taught with a traditional education is more likely to forget what they have learnt. On the other hand, students who learn with inquiry based learning are able to keep the information of what they learnt because they have a depth understanding and they are able to retain information. In addition, students who learn through inquiry based have a differentiated learning depending on their needs otherwise traditional learning do not provide these types of necessity. An important element for today’s teaching is collaboration. As a result of developing communication, argumentative and problem-solving skills, this is more applied on inquiry based than rote learning. PYP uses Learner Profiles and Attitudes to support their transdisciplinary approach, including communication, research, social, self-management and thinking skills. There are twelve learner profiles which are being open-minded, principled, reflective, risk-taker, thinking, caring, communicator, inquirer, knowledgeable and well-balanced. The attitudes that are promote in IB curriculum are appreciation. enthusiasm , commitment, integrity, tolerance, cooperation, creativity, confidence, empathy, tolerance, independence and respect . The learning styles provides multiple choices for students to learn by incorporating inquiry and rote learning together. Using rote learning as foundation students are able to understand and apply some concepts such as learning the alphabet.
Quote: “Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do.” __ Benjamin Spock