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Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (ACHASSI052)

Elaborations
  • posing relevant questions when investigating the contribution individuals and groups have made to the development of the local community (Who?, What?, When?, Where?, Why?)
  • developing inquiring questions as they investigate (for example, ‘Why there?’ questions about location; ‘What might happen?’ questions about future consequences of natural processes or people’s actions in places; and ‘What ought to happen?’ questions or other questions about ethical behaviour, sustainability and preferred futures)
  • asking key questions when investigating a topic (for example, questions such as How did people settle?, Who were they?, Why did they come to the area? when researching the establishment of a local community) and probing questions during an investigation (for example, ‘Why is that so?’, ‘What else do we need to know?’)
  • posing evaluation questions (for example, ‘Is the process fair?’, ‘Could the process have been managed better?’)
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Historical inquiry,  Research questions

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