Discovery Learning

Discovery learning is a person's learning which is intended but lacks direct guidance.

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Discovery learning occurs when a person intends to learn, but there is indirect or no guidance from another person or source. When existing organized or structured content facilitates learning through discovery, some might call this self-learning, self-teaching, or autodidactic learning. For example, if one lacks access to a mathematics teacher but wants to learn mathematical topology, then he or she could study books and other media that provide structured content of mathematical topology.

Disciplined inquiry is discovery learning which is regulated by criteria for conducting research to create knowledge. For example, a learner tries to find an answer to a question, when the answer is unknown. Learning may occur through experimentation or from observation of phenomena. Such disciplined inquirers may create new knowledge, if their research is successful.

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