Foundation and Values
The way in which we intend to transform education evolves from a set of foundational ideas established by research and a set of community values developed through practice. Together these elements define how we approach teaching and learning.
The foundational ideas for POGIL are that:
- Learners construct their own knowledge.
- Learners negotiate meaning actively through student-student discourse in self-managed teams within an instructor-facilitated environment.
- Effective learning in a team emerges from attending to cooperative learning principles and process skills development.
- Reflection and assessment enhance individual learning, team function, and teaching practice.
The shared practices valued by The POGIL Project community include:
- Using inquiry-based learning materials which are structured following the explore/invent/apply learning-cycle model.
- Intentionally developing content knowledge and process skills simultaneously in the learning environment.
- Interacting and collaborating within and across educational levels and disciplines.
- Incorporating insights from educational research that have implications for classroom practice.
- Creating inclusive learning environments for students and instructors.
- Being personally invested in encouraging and supporting the professional development of colleagues.