Geography / Year 10 / Geographical Inquiry and Skills / Observing, questioning and planning

Curriculum content descriptions

Develop geographically significant questions and plan an inquiry that identifies and applies appropriate geographical methodologies and concepts (ACHGS072)

Elaborations
  • developing questions of geographical significance about an area of focus in the geographical knowledge and understanding strand (for example, questions related to the causes of environmental change or the extent of variation in global wellbeing)
  • planning an investigation of the processes responsible for the geographical phenomenon being studied, at a range of scales (for example, the reasons for and types of variation in human wellbeing in one country)
  • planning methods of data collection to answer inquiry questions and evaluating questions for their geographical significance
  • using a range of methods including digital technologies to plan and conduct an information search about the causes and consequences of change to environments
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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Waste and materials – sustainability action process (Years 7–10)

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Work sample Year 10 Geography: Geographies of human wellbeing

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