The PYP provides a balance between acquisition of essential knowledge and skills, development of conceptual understanding, development of positive attitudes and taking of responsible action.
Purposeful, structured inquiry is the leading pedagogical approach of the PYP. This student-centered learning approach challenges students to engage with significant ideas and is characterized by students taking an active role in:
- exploring, wondering, questioning
- building on prior knowledge and making connections between previous understanding and current learning
- deciding on appropriate sources of information, evaluating and using it to extend prior knowledge
- collecting information from primary and secondary sources to support inquiries
- clarifying existing ideas and deepening understanding
- solving problems in a variety of ways
The starting point is students’ current understanding and the goal is the active construction of meaning.
At Seisen we use an inquiry process that is closely connected to the SOLO Taxonomy, which allows students to move from shallow thinking, where they are collecting information, to deeper processing where they are required to connect ideas and go further to think about these ideas in different ways.