Further learning with P4 and the Human Body Systems – Inquiry is Conceptual and Experiential

‘Learning is an active process. We learn by doing… Only knowledge that is used sticks in your mind.’ Dale Carnegie

Last week P4 shared how they used Primary resources in developing their own personal inquiries into the Human body system of their choice.

Learning about the human body systems was organized through the steps of Kath Murdoch’s Inquiry cycle.

To gain a deeper and conceptual understanding the learners showed self-efficacy by making choices, voicing their opinions, asking questions, and constructing new meanings. Their questions were either answered by in-depth research or with the help of active and hands-on experiments.

Here are some excerpts of some of the news articles the P4 have written about their research journey:

‘Your hip bone’s connected to the thigh bone is connected to the ankle bone. That’s the only thing you need to do learn about the skeletal system, no I’m just kidding there’s a lot more to learn than that about the skeletal system and this news article has it all.’ Ajay

‘This research was fun to do I learnt a lot not just about the muscular system but also about others like the skeletal system the digestive system the respiratory system and many more, all these systems are connected to the muscular system in one way or another.’ Aryan

Here are some excerpts of some of the news articles the P4 have written about their experience with hands-on experiments:

‘The experiment I did was to learn about the importance of chewing in the digestive system. I had vinegar and jelly, vinegar is like the gastric juice in your stomach, so I chewed on the jelly and spat it in the vinegar and started looking at what happened’ Aarav

‘In my experiment I put crushed candy in a jar of vinegar, the crushed candy was the food, and the vinegar was the stomach juices. In another jar I put a whole candy and then I waited 3 minutes to see which one will dissolve faster!’ Reyansh

‘I did a blind tasting experiment.  I learned it’s good to have different senses because if you can’t see but you can touch or smell you can know what the food is.’ Tristan

‘In my experiment I learned that the parts of tongue taste different things. I tasted lemon, a cookie and a chili pepper. It was sour, sweet and crunchy and the chili pepper was super spicy.’ Simon

Whether they learned through research or through trying things out, the P4 learners have agreed that the best part of Kath Murdoch’s Inquiry Cycle was the ‘Going Forward’ because it allowed them to make sense of what they had read and researched.

Work Cited

“Inquiry Cycle: Why, What and How?” Making Good Humans, Making Good Humans, 14 May2015, makinggoodhumans.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/inquirycycle-                     why-what-and-how/. Accessed 11 Oct. 2020.

Medrut, Flavia. “Goalcast.” Goalcast, 18 Jan. 2018, www.goalcast.com/2018/01/18/25- dale-carnegie-quotes/. Accessed 11 Oct. 2020.

Definition of Learning MIS 2018 adopted from Ambrose 2010

Anna Bechara

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