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Geocaching: Inquiry Learning with a Sense of Adventure

Clough, Gill (2018). Geocaching: Inquiry Learning with a Sense of Adventure. In: Herodotou, Christothea; Sharples, Mike and Scanlon, Eileen eds. Citizen Inquiry: Synthesising Science and Inquiry Learning. Routledge.

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Abstract

Inquiry learning is a formal approach that seeks to scaffold learners in the development of critical thinking and practical skills through small scale investigations. Learners receive structured support to develop scientific inquiry skills, ultimately taking over control of their own learning. This chapter presents a study of 659 members of the online community of Geocachers that illustrates how inquiry learning can be translated into the informal learning context. Geocaching is an outdoor pursuit where Geocachers create engaging location-based challenges for each other. The findings show how Geocachers have integrated inquiry learning into their practice, injecting a sense of adventure and excitement.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2018 Routledge
ISBN: 1-138-20869-8, 978-1-138-20869-8
Keywords: geocaching; inquiry learning; informal learning; mobile; technology; GPS
Academic Unit/School: Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 49429
Depositing User: Gill Clough
Date Deposited: 19 May 2017 11:01
Last Modified: 24 May 2017 08:11
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/49429
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