Roots of Inquiry Learning: Teaching and Learning in Traditional Aboriginal Pedagogy

John W Friesen


Although many educators are probably not aware of it, the currently touted inquiry approach to learning has deep roots in First Nations pedagogical history. Not surprisingly, Indigenous educators traditionally incorporated the spiritual dimension in their repertoire of encouragement, and there is a great deal to be learned from their approach. A unique feature of the traditional Native American approach was that learners could always count on elder input and counsel as they journeyed to discover new insights, including those pertaining to their personal roles in their communities, their tribes, and in the universe. This paper outlines the details of that tradition.

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