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Objective Inquiry

An Objective Inquiry refers to a method of investigation or analysis that is conducted without bias or personal prejudice. In an objective inquiry, the focus is on gathering proven information, reliable evidence, and valid data, to analyze it’s impartially and to reach conclusions or make decisions. This approach aims to minimize the influence of personal opinions, emotions, or preconceived notions, thereby enhancing the reliability and validity of the decision-making process.

Key characteristics of an objective inquiry include:

Impartiality: The investigating agent remains neutral and unbiased throughout the inquiry, avoiding favoritism or prejudice towards any particular outcome.

Factual Basis: Information is collected based on verifiable facts, rather than assumptions or opinions.

Open-mindedness: The investigating agent remains open to various perspectives and interpretations, considering all relevant evidence before drawing conclusions.

Transparency: The process and methods used in the inquiry are transparent and documented, allowing to review and verify the findings at any time by anyone.

Rigorous Analysis: Data and evidence are analyzed systematically and critically, using sound analytical techniques and logical reasoning.


Objective inquiries are commonly employed in scientific research, legal investigations, journalistic reporting, and various decision-making processes where it's essential to arrive at conclusions that are as unbiased and accurate as possible. However, there is a distinction between an inquiry-based learning and an objective inquiry due to difference in the indiscriminate approach of the former method and highly discriminate approach of the latter, while goal of obtaining the extended knowledge is shared by both methods. This difference based on the requirement of exclusion of any bias during execution of the objective inquiry. On contrary, an inquiry-based learning is driven by curiosity or other bias of the learning agent and as a result may to misinterpretation of the inquiry findings as a result. An objective inquiry in learning refers to an approach in educational process and research work that emphasizes the pursuit of knowledge and understanding through unbiased and impartial investigation. In the objective inquiry, the focus is on gathering empirical evidence, analyzing data, and drawing conclusions based on facts rather than personal opinions, beliefs, or other biases. Overall, objective inquiry fosters a rigorous and systematic approach to learning and research, aiming to uncover truth and advance knowledge in a transparent and impartial manner.

Key characteristics of objective inquiry in educational process and research work include:

Empirical Evidence: Objective inquiry relies on empirical evidence obtained through systematic observation, experimentation, or data collection methods. This evidence is used to support or refute hypotheses and biased claims.

Unbiased Analysis: Objective inquiry requires researchers and learners to approach their investigations with an open mind and without preconceived notions or biases. This involves critically evaluating evidence and considering alternative explanations before drawing conclusions, with identification of possible biases and identification of ways to overcome any influenced reasoning.

Transparency: An objective inquiry promotes transparency in educational and research methods and therefore increases the value of any application of findings. This requires clearly documenting the procedures used to collect data, the criteria for interpreting results, and any limitations or uncertainties associated with the findings.

Logical Reasoning: An objective inquiry involves logical reasoning and sound argumentation based on evidence. Researchers and learners require to apply principles of logic (Rational View), experience (Empirical View), open-mindedness (Relative View), and critical thinking (Skeptical View) to analyze data and draw valid conclusions.

Reproducibility: An objective inquiry values reproducibility, meaning that findings should be replicable by other researchers using the same methods and data. Reproducibility enhances the credibility and reliability of findings.

Openness to Revision: Objective inquiry acknowledges that knowledge is provisional and subject to revision considering new evidence or insights. Researchers and learners are encouraged to update their understanding based on the latest findings and developments in their field.