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Inquiry in geography and science : can it work?

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Kenneth Purnell, Allan Harrison
The compulsory learning areas of geography and science in the Australian Curriculum have inquiry as a major pedagogical approach in learning and teaching. In this paper we argue that teacher-informed professionalism is critical in an inquiry to develop student knowledge and skills in geography and science. This includes the effective and efficient use of the steps in an inquiry and the ‘Backward design process’. Assessment, teaching strategies and learning experiences are designed to achieve the goals of the inquiry from the outset. We conclude that professional teaching using guided inquiry maximises the learning gains of students, as it is highly brain compatible for students and their teachers.

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Volume

24

Start Page

34

End Page

40

Number of Pages

7

ISSN

0085-0969

Location

Brisbane, Qld

Publisher

Australian Geography Teachers Association

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Geographical education.

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