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LTA Lunch Lecture: How to implement inquiry learning with limited time, large groups and so much to teach?

Monday 18 March 2019
Academy Building
Rapenburg 73
2311 GJ Leiden
Faculty Club, Grachtenkamer

Inquiry-based learning is at the core of the Leiden University vision on teaching and learning. Although valued by many teachers, the implementation of inquiry-based learning can be rather hard due to restrictions such as limited time and resources available, the often large student groups and much content to cover. In this LTA meeting, Fred Janssen will introduce a practical toolkit that - within these restrictions - supports you to convert a regular teaching approach into multiple ways of  inquiry-based teaching.

For more than a century it has been suggested that the ways students learn in higher education should more closely approximate the ways of learning in research practices. Instead of first explaining new facts, concepts or procedures we should reverse the order and start with questions. The importance of inquiry-based learning is stressed because it promotes more engaged and deeper learning of both content and domain specific ways of thinking. Students not only learn developmental psychology or evolution, they also learn how to think like a developmental psychologist or an evolutionist.

In this LTA meeting Fred Janssen will introduce and demonstrate the two basic components of the toolkit to answer two questions:

  1. How to convert lists of concepts into domain specific ways of thinking for students?
  2. How to convert regular teaching into many different forms of inquiry based teaching by recombining and adapting existing building blocks?

Fred Janssen is a professor of science education at ICLON, Leiden University. Both his teaching and research (17 ongoing PhD projects and 4 ongoing Postdoc projects) centers around two questions:

  • How to explain the limited classroom impact of many innovative teaching approaches?
  • How to support teachers to continuously expand their innovative teaching repertoire?

His explicit focus lies on articulating and exploring domain specific ways of thinking because of their fundamental role in learning and teaching.

This Lunch Lecture is initiated by the Leiden Teachers' Academy (LTA) and aims for teaching staff who want to improve their teaching. Lunch is available. Registration (till March 14th) is needed for catering purposes. You can register by sending an e-mail to azsecretariaat@bb.leidenuniv.nl

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