Today’s age of information literacy, an educated person needs to master inquiry or problem- solving skills. Multiple sources provide you with the basics on using inquiry and problem-solving skills. Teachers can plan the questions to be answered but the students can also be given the option to do so.
Social studies teachers should bear in mind that the complex story of human civilization should be told within the context of three related and integrated points of view, namely : 1.) Location 2.) Environment and 3.)Chronology.
According to Dr. Anthony Petrosino, there are five inquiry skills that students should acquire in order to do an outstanding project.
1. ASK GEOGRAPHIC QUESTIONS
Successful inquiry includes the ability and desire to ask, speculate about and answer questions about why things are where they are and how they get there.
2. ACQUIRE INFORMATION
Petrosino said that special that social studies is information about locations, the human and physical characteristics of the locations and the geographic activities and conditions of the people who inhibit those places.
3. ORGANIZE INFORMATION
Once acquired, the information should be organized and displayed in ways that help analysis and interpretation.
4. ANALYZE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
Analysis involves seeking patterns, relationships and connections. As students begin to interpret information, meaningful patterns emerge.
5. ANSWER SOCIAL STUDIES QUESTIONS
Any successful attempt at Social Studies Inquiry culminates in the development of generalizations and conclusions based on data collected, organized and analyzed.
By: Judith E. Tanael