Gradually increase complexity of the inquiry tasks

Students often find it difficult to start with an ILS that covers the whole inquiry cycle because they are not used to inquiry learning. Make sure that students get a good introduction in the inquiry approach and the tools to be used. If you plan to do lab work and inquiry tasks regularly, be sure there is a gradual increase in complexity. Start off with cookbook like experiments and end with real inquiry. For instance, you could start with inquiry tasks in which you give the students (parts of) the hypothesis/research question or limit the set of options. In this way, the students can gradually get used to the inquiry approach. In that case, the students only perform some of the steps that are in the full inquiry cycle. Gradually increasing the number of steps in the inquiry process can help students getting acquainted with inquiry learning.