Knowledge of Education

Discovery Learning

Discovery learning is a person's learning which is intended but not guided.

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Discovery learning is necessary when there is no teacher guidance. Hence, the learner is not a student in this situation but nonetheless intends to learn. When existing content is intentionally learned through discovery learning, some might call this self-teaching or inquiry learning. For example, if one has no access to a mathematics teacher but wants to learn mathematical topology, then he or she could find books and other media that set forth the content of mathematical topology and study them. Such an inquirer is not creating new content, rather learning existing content on his or her own without guidance from a teacher.

In disciplined inquiry, the learner is doing research on his or her own, but has no access to existing content. Thus, such an inquirer is creating new content, if the research is successful.