[Book Review] Learning Through Enquiry: Making Sense of Geography in the Key Stage 3 Classroom




Walker, Scott L.

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The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education


Inquiry, in terms of education, has multiple meanings. Inquiry in one sense is a natural learning process of discovering how the world works. Inquiry in another sense is an educational strategy of discovery guided by a teacher. From a cognitive learning perspective, inquiry is an element of interpretivist epistemological learning theories which assert that a student tacitly constructs his or her own reality. To varying degrees, well known instructional theorists Jerome Bruner, Jean Piaget, and Lev Vygotsky have incorporated the natural process of inquiry learning into their educational theories. More recently, geography educators apply the use of “geographic inquiry” processes to a variety of classroom settings (e.g. Halvorson & Wescoat, 2002; Hurley, Proctor, & Ford, 1999; Klein, 1995; Malone, Palmer, & Voigt, 2002). Learning through Enquiry takes the theoretical concept of inquiry and places it squarely in the hands of middle-grade geographic educators, who can now use strategies of inquiry as an interdisciplinary tool adaptable to a variety of learning situations.



reviews, education, inquiry learning, geography education


Walker, S. L. (2002). [Book Review] Learning through enquiry: Making sense of geography in the key stage 3 classroom. Research in Geographic Education, 4(1), pp. 116-119.


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