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‘ In my opinion geographical enquiry is poorly understood but is the heart of geographical thinking. For me it is the framework that geographers use to understand the complex world’ Tom Biebrach, Head of Geography To me the point of an enquiry is to find an answer that you don't yet know. You can only have a worthwhile enquiry if you have a worthwhile question that is capable of being answered Ian Murray ‘Finding out why and how‘ Head of Humanities Harry Carlton School
Enquiry? ask geographical questions justify conclusions creative ways of using and applying geographical skills plan enquiries solve problems and make decisions essential skills and processes in geography that pupils need to learn to make progress QCA (2007a) Programme of study : Geography key stage 3 http://www.qca.org.uk/secondarycurriculumreview/subject/ks3/geography/index.htm
Spot the topic! What do you think the following quotes are about? ‘ I was utterly blown away by the boldness of the proposal….. Do it! Do it! Do it!’ ‘ Where will all the cars park? In the sea?’ ‘ One man’s dream is another man’s nightmare ’ ‘ Breathtaking, stunning, grotesque, carbuncle, monstrosity or blot on the landscape – all types of description for the new proposal’ ‘ In theory, magnificent. In reality, totally ridiculous!’ ‘ I do not think it will ever happen, but thanks for the laugh!’ ‘ Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!’ ‘ The plan has nothing to do with the good of people of Portsmouth, but to satisfy the greed of a few who don’t even live in our city’
Map detectives: are there any alternative sites? Are there any alternative sites?
What does a good site need? Are there any alternative sites? / / / Total Scores Good transport links? Near to PFC fans? Close to public transport? Score for Site 2 Name: Grid Square: Score for Site 1 Name: Grid Square: Score for Gunwharf site Grid square : 62 00 Factors to think about
Identify bias, opinion, and abuse of evidence Analyse and evaluate evidence, present findings and justify conclusions Solve problems and make decisions… creative thinking about geographical issues Ask geographical questions
Where are these camels? What is the landscape around them like? Surprised? Beat the Teacher! You have 10 questions. Can you figure out what has happened?
Is this a crime? ‘ Somebody in Moscow came up with the idea that you could grow cotton here. Nobody thought to calculate what would happen to the Aral Sea. Nobody thought about such a minor detail. So the sea began to disappear. President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan Crime: • noun 1 an offence against an individual or the state which is punishable by law. 2 such actions collectively. 3 informal something shameful or deplorable. Oxford English Dictionary Christopher Robbins travelled to Kazakhstan and wrote a book. This is a part of it
The fact that places, environments and communities are constantly changing renders geography one of the most exciting, most relevant, and yet most challenging subjects to teach and to learn. The desire of the human mind to learn more about our world is what drove explorers of the past across the globe. The frontier for our children is to really understand it.
Rita Gardner, ht tp://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/rita_gardner_/2007/11/geography_wed_be_lost_without.html 14th Nov 2007
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