Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars
244 pages
6.75 x 9.75 inches
July 2022
Print ISBN: 9781773383224


In this unique text, Dr. Brenda Jacobs brings together two important ideas that have become central to learning and development in education, demonstrating the core relationship between self-regulation and inquiry-based learning in primary classrooms.

The author compellingly shows that inquiry-based learning can empower children and is vital to them becoming self-regulated learners. Drawing on real-life classroom examples, the volume outlines four key insights: that children learn self-regulation during inquiry-based learning in the same way they do during play; that teachers can use scaffolding strategies to support this development; that inquiry-based learning promotes the positive emotions essential for the development of social and emotional learning; and, finally, that during inquiry-based learning, children use oral language as a self-regulatory tool. These insights are applied to the four components of emergent curriculum—inquiry design, classroom environment, conversation, and documentation—to show how educators can help children become self-regulated learners. Considering how COVID-19 has exacerbated children’s social, emotional, behavioural, physical, and mental health problems, this timely volume also provides guidance about how to do inquiry-based learning in virtual classrooms.

Concise and practical, Self-Regulation and Inquiry-Based Learning in the Primary Classroom is an invaluable foundational text for students in Education and Early Childhood Education and for pre-service and in-service teachers alike.

Table of Contents

Foreword, Dr. Carol Anne Wien




Chapter One: What Is Self-Regulation?

Chapter Two: Emergent Curriculum and Inquiry-Based Learning

Chapter Three: Self-Regulation and Inquiry Design

Chapter Four: Self-Regulation and the Design of the Environment

Chapter Five: Self-Regulation and Conversation

Chapter Six: Self-Regulation and Documentation

Chapter Seven: Conclusion and Future Directions

Epilogue: Inquiry-Based Learning in an Online Primary Classroom




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