“… inquiry-based learning is wrong” says John Hattie in this clip, “inquiry-based learning is wrong”. If I knew how to edit the clip so he just repeated that line about 20 times… I would, but I don’t. I bet I could find out though – whoops, that would be inquiry-based learning wouldn’t it?
The “effect” of inquiry-based learning is being measured, for Hattie’s purposes, by some sort of system that pumps out a magic number, in this case .31. This number is then being used to make a madcap statement, like “inquiry-based learning is wrong”.
No wonder teachers are so confused, constantly being questioned and judged by outside forces and so emotionally drained by the constant pursuit of a “right way” that is perpetually changing.
Its so dangerous when someone comes along, someone like Hattie… whom everyone now believes speaks the gospel truth, and makes a statement like “inquiry-based learning is wrong”. How exactly do we know what is right and wrong? Who is qualified to tell us? What system of calculation do we rely on to tell us if learning has “happened” or “not happened”. Hattie’s system? Who says?
As OllieOrange says:
“In Mathematics, new or unproven work is handed over to unbiased judges who go through it with a fine tooth comb before it is considered to have the stamp of approval of the Mathematical community. Who is performing this function for the Educational community?”