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NMIS IS A IB WORLD SCHOOL
NMIS IS AN IB WORLD SCHOOL

A comparison of a traditional approach with an inquiry approach.

Traditional Approach

Inquiry Approach

Teacher selection and direction

Student voice and choice

Required topics and isolated facts

Questions and concepts

Solitary work

Collaborative work

Memorization

Strategic thinking

As if/surrogate learning

Authentic investigations

Student compliance

Student responsibility

Student as information receiver

Student as knowledge creator

Quiet and listening

Interaction and talk

Teacher as expert and presenter

Teacher as model and coach

One subject at a time

Cross and transdisciplinary studies

Reliance on a textbook

Multiple sources and perspectives

Verbal sources only

Multimodal learning

Hearing about a discipline

Engaging in a discipline

Extrinsic motivators

Real purpose and audience

Forgetting and moving to the next unit

Caring, reflecting, and taking action

Filling in bubbles and blanks

Performance and self-assessments

Credit: International Baccalaureate Organization

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