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Geography / Year 7 / Geographical Inquiry and Skills / Observing, questioning and planning

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Curriculum content descriptions

Develop geographically significant questions and plan an inquiry, using appropriate geographical methodologies and concepts (ACHGS047)

Elaborations
  • developing questions about an area of focus in the geographical knowledge and understanding strand (for example, the causes of water scarcity or factors affecting the liveability of a place)
  • developing questions to investigate patterns of spatial distribution of rainfall in Australia and other places
  • using a range of methods, including digital technologies, to plan and conduct an information search about the quantity and variability of water in Australia and another country from another continent
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Experiments,  Research questions,  Data collection,  Human settlements,  Geographic location

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