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Adult Learners' Online Inquiry-Based Learning Processes

, The University of Georgia, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Orlando, FL USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Nurturing inquiry can make learning more meaningful and conducive to higher-order thinking. However, inquiry-based learning is not easy to adapt to because it requires a qualitative shift in students’ learning beliefs and skills. Current research on this area focuses intensively on K-12 students in mathematics and science in the face-to-face context; adults’ inquiry-based learning in other areas in the online context is largely ignored. To advance inquiry-based research and practice, the proposed qualitative study will investigate online adult students’ inquiry-based learning processes in the field of instructional technology. Three students were selected to facilitate in-depth understanding of the phenomenon. Findings of this study will help to extend the focus of current research on inquiry-based learning and enhance people’s understanding of it on a broader horizon.


Lin, J. (2006). Adult Learners' Online Inquiry-Based Learning Processes. In E. Pearson & P. Bohman (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2006--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 861-868). Orlando, FL USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 30, 2023 from .



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