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Social inquiry

Through social inquiry, students ask questions, gather information, and examine the background to important societal ideas and events. They are able to explore and analyse values and perspectives relating to these ideas and events; and develop understandings about issues and the ways that people make decisions and participate in social action.

  • Approaches to Social Inquiry

    This book is part of the Building Conceptual Understandings in the Social Sciences (BCUSS) series. It describes a social inquiry approach to teaching and learning and gives examples of how this approach can be applied in the classroom. The examples consist of two unit snapshots (Helping Hands and You Can’t Catch Me) and one unit overview (Tongariro National Park: Whose Park Is It Anyway?), which illustrates the social inquiry approach in more detail. Teachers can select from and adapt the ideas to develop their own social studies programmes that use a social inquiry approach. Guiding questions are included that will support teachers as they do this.

  • Social Inquiry Interactive Planner

    This online interactive tool has been developed to help teachers and students explore and engage in the suggested social inquiry approach. The interactive tool is designed to be used between levels 1-8 and has been made as flexible as possible in order to allow the widest range of applications and uses in social inquiry situations.

  • Belonging and Participating in Society

    This book examines the social sciences concepts of belonging and participating in society. It includes three unit outlines that follow a social inquiry approach, illustrating some contexts and activities you could use with your students to develop these understandings.

  • Being Part of Global Communities

    This book examines the social sciences concepts being part of global communities and globalisation. It includes three unit outlines that follow a social inquiry approach, and illustrate some contexts and activities you could use with your students to develop these understandings.

  • Thinking Globally 1

    This book was developed for teachers of students in years 1–8 and aims to foster an appreciation of New Zealand’s place in the economic world and its role as part of the global economy.

    A possible social inquiry model is outlined for the two units of work described.

  • Thinking Globally 2

    This book was developed for teachers of students in years 9-13 and aims to foster an appreciation of New Zealand’s place in the economic world and its role as part of the global economy.

    A possible social inquiry model is outlined for the two units of work described.

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