What does Inquiry in Social Studies Look Like?

Based on Webinar by Neil Stephenson of Calgary Science School

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What does Inquiry in Social Studies Look Like? by Mind Map: What does Inquiry in Social Studies Look Like?

1. Inquiry Rubric

1.1. Authenticity

1.1.1. Students engaged in work that is rooted in the real world, wrestling with meaning and relevant questions, issues and controversies

1.2. AcademicRigour

1.2.1. Students working in ways or behavoiurs that mirror the discplines outside of school. How do Historians think, act, work and produce knowledge?

1.3. Assessment

1.4. Life Skills

1.5. Appropriate Use of Technology

1.6. Active Exploration

1.7. Connecting With Experts

1.8. Elaborated Communication

1.9. Compassion

2. Written into the Social Studies Curriculum in Alberta

3. Activity Based vs. Inquiry based

4. Finding places where students work can go beyond the student teacher relationship. Publishing work online, etc. so that students are contributing to world knowledge

4.1. Examples: Calgary Ring Road Website, Mayoral Election work

5. Hardest Part is at the front end for teacher - coming up with valuable/engaging questions

6. How, why, where information becomes important to the students. Connection between the curriculum and the real world

7. Resources

7.1. Critical Thinking Consortium

7.1.1. Weigh Evidence, Identify bias,Determine perspective. Making judgements through evidence. www.tc2.ca/wp

7.2. Benchmarks of Historical Thinking

7.2.1. Establish historical significance, use primary source evidence, identify continuity and change, analyze cause and consequence, take historical perspectives, understand ethical dimensions of history - focuses on thinking skills. http://historybenchmarks.ca

7.3. Throughline Questions

7.3.1. Ask provocative and relevant questions that encourage teachers and students to make connections between: themselves (self) subject matter, and Society in which they live (three s') google throughline questions

8. Connects what is going on in the real world

9. The types of thinking we want our kids to do

10. Getting Kids to Bring about change