Middle school students’ reflections on process oriented guided inquiry learning (POGIL®)1

Özkanbaş M., TAŞTAN KIRIK Ö.

Journal of Educational Research, vol.116, no.5, pp.280-292, 2023 (SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 116 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00220671.2023.2265878
  • Journal Name: Journal of Educational Research
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, IBZ Online, Periodicals Index Online, ABI/INFORM, Applied Science & Technology Source, Communication Abstracts, EBSCO Education Source, Education Abstracts, Educational research abstracts (ERA), ERIC (Education Resources Information Center), Index Islamicus, MLA - Modern Language Association Database, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.280-292
  • Keywords: cooperative learning, middle school, Process oriented guided ınquiry learning (POGIL), science education, student perceptions
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


This study aims to better understand Process-Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) in middle school science teaching by revealing the perceptions of sixth-grade students in a public school in Turkey about POGIL. In the research conducted as a case study, the data were collected through interviews with 12 students who were taught the Particle Nature of Matter Unit using POGIL in the science course. The results indicated that the students generally made positive evaluations of POGIL. They emphasized doing experiments, teamwork/cooperation, making inferences, activity worksheets, discussions and teacher guidance as the features of POGIL they thought enhanced their learning. They also identified aspects that they found challenging. The challenges were largely connected to the cooperative learning component of POGIL. Some students believed that lecturing should also be part of the lesson. Yet, they realized the POGIL teacher’s role as the facilitator. Overall, students appreciated participating in this collaborative inquiry learning environment.