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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.

Social Inquiry Planning tool

This planning tool was developed to help teachers and students explore and engage in the suggested social inquiry approach. 

The online tool was retired in term 2, 2020.

Printable versions of the resource are available for download.

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Approaches to Social Inquiry

This book, part of the  Building Conceptual Understandings in the Social Sciences (BCUSS) series, describes a social inquiry approach to teaching and learning. It  gives examples of how this approach can be applied in the classroom illustrating 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.

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Belonging and participating in society

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

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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 illustrate some contexts and activities you could use with your students to develop these understandings. This book provides examples of teaching and learning strategies and approaches, contexts, and activities.

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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.
NB: This book was developed prior to the release of The New Zealand Curriculum and may be used as a stimulus to develop units of work that align to the curriculum and meet the needs of students in your own classroom.

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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.
NB: This book was developed prior to the release of The New Zealand Curriculum and may be used as a stimulus to develop units of work that align to the curriculum and meet the needs of students in your own classroom.

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