Inquiry - Based Learning: Special Education Applications By Jillian F. Swanson

Abstract

This issue of NASET’s Practical Teacher was written by Jill Swanson of Miami University.  Inquiry is a valuable teaching tool for students and can be implemented in any classroom and is beneficial for special education students. Inquiry-based instruction is beneficial for all students as it increases student engagement, provides a deeper understanding of content knowledge, improves critical thinking skills, and increases collaboration skills. For special education students, inquiry has been proven beneficial as it allows them to use alternative learning styles while reducing the emphasis of memorizing facts. While inquiry has been proven to be beneficial, there are some challenges to consider. These challenges include more planning time needed to create lessons, increased amounts of professional development focusing on the use of inquiry, and creating alternate forms of assessment.

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