Guide to inquiry-based learning

The Guide to inquiry-based learning describes step by step how to conduct an inquiry-based learning project in the classroom. It is available as a free download at the bottom of this page. The hardcopy version is only available in Dutch.


The book is a source of information on the didactics of inquiry-based learning. Practical tips and illuminating examples help teachers work through the seven steps of inquiry-based learning with students.


Good preparation is an important part of a successful inquiry-based learning project. Students ask themselves what an investigator looks like and what she or he does. Among other things, the guide provides tools for creating a lesson plan and discussing the seven steps of inquiry-based learning.

Role of the teacher

Inquiry-based learning requires an active role of both the student and the teacher. Curiosity is the basis of the questions the students formulate. An important role of the teacher is to stimulate this curiosity as much as possible. The guide to inquiry-based learning provides tools to create an inquiry-based climate in the classroom, including sample questions to guide students in the learning process.

Didactics: Step by step

The seven steps of inquiry-based learning follow the empirical cycle, which is the basis of scientific inquiry. From introducing and exploring an investigative topic, through questioning and inquiry, to concluding, presenting and reflecting, the guide provides a clear overview. It explains all the steps of the cycle and shows how to implement them in the classroom. This makes it a handy reference book for teachers to cultivate an inquisitive attitude in the classroom.

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