Focus and Scope

Inquiry at Queen's is an eclectic journal that highlights the creative thinking of undergraduates at Queen's University. Our editorial committee, comprised of students and faculty, is committed to publishing work that reflects the four steps of successful learning: to ask, to investigate, to create, and to reflect. We welcome both textual and multi-media submissions from all academic areas.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

What is inquiry-based learning?

Inquiry-based learning is self-directed. It teaches students to develop research skills. It allows them to be responsible

  • Determining what they need to know
  • Identifying resources and how best to use them
  • Using resources and reporting learning
  • Assessing their progress
  • Inquiry-based learning enables the student to take responsibility for completing a course of study.

In a program of inquiry-based learning, the instructor acts as a supporter or coach. Such a program:

  • Is question driven
  • Begins with a general theme that acts as a starting point or trigger for learning
  • Emphasizes asking good researchable questions and coaches students in doing this
  • Builds library, interview and web search skills, plus the critical thinking skills that promote thoughtful analysis
  • Helps students report their learning in oral or written form
  • Provides a means (such as interviews, drafts, minutes of group meetings or bench mark activities) to help students monitor their progress
  • Encourages the instructor to model effective inquiry and promote reflection

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