Assessment in inquiry based learning evaluates deeper learning and understanding by asking students to explore and create based on their understandings.
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Inquiry based learning cultivates higher order thinking skills, encouraging students to create, evaluate and analyse rather than remember, understand and apply. This renders traditional information recall assessments mute and allows higher order assessments like creating and evaluating. These test understanding more thoroughly and enhance student learning.
Ergo to truly engage the understanding of students and provide authentic learning experience assessment should involve higher order thinking skills which are cultivated in inquiry based learning. The benefit of this type of assessment and the inquiry based philosophy is that they focus on skills that are transferable to life and the workforce.