Focussing on how to structure materials for promoting education and how to better help people learn and develop, we were presented with different instructional theories. Among these theories, I was immediately fascinated with action learning and inquiry based learning.
Working in a career center, our students are so much involved with action learning and most of the instruction happens in a hands-on format. We have the students active in the community and what is taught in class is immediately applied to real life outside the school walls. Action indeed speaks louder than words.
Inquiry based learning starts with posing questions, problems and scenarios rather than simply explaining facts and portraying a smooth path to knowledge. Students then researched and develop their own knowledge and solutions. This model increases critical thinking and problem solving skills.