My previous Teche post discusses how student engagement with research can be facilitated by building enquiry-based learning activities into the curriculum, as these enable students to develop an orientation and many of the skills needed for research tasks. These include analysing requirements, investigating source materials, identifying critical information and ideas, constructing a resolution and working in teams.
The Learning and Teaching Green Paper includes a proposal for ‘Developing and leading teaching models that promote enquiry-driven learning and prepare students for productive professional and civic lives’. Depending on your point of view, this is either a highly ambitious aspiration for the university, or a reflection of what we already do. Don’t we ask students to address questions and topics already, and isn’t that an enquiry?