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"The use of the word 'discovery' in schools is comparatively recent. Learning by discovery is seen as stemming from 'initial curiosity, often simulated by the environment the teacher provides, leading to questions and to a consideration of what questions it is sensible to ask and how to find the answers...essential elements are enquiry, exploration and first hand experience.'  
-Plowden, 1967 (Quoted in Foster, J.(1972) Discovery Learning in the Primary Schools)