Four Enquiry Questions
|Source: Adapted from Calder, M and Smith, R. (1992) A Better
World For All: Development Education for the Classroom. Teacher's
Notes, Australian Government Publishing Services, Canberra, p.42;
and Naish, M., Rawling, E., and Hart, C. (1987) Geography 16-19:
The Contribution of a Curriculum Project to 16-19 Education, Longman,
Harlow, UK, p. 61.
- What is the question, issue or problem?
- Who does it involve?
- Where is it?
- Why does it occur here?
- What is the significance of this question, issue
or problem to my life, the local community, my nation, and/or the
- How have factors in the past influenced it?
- How might it be seen by different people?
- What conflicts of interest are there?
- Who gains? Who loses? Who decides?
- How are the relationships between people and the
natural environment affected?
- What are the relationships between people and other
- Are these relationships desirable?
- What happens if these relationships are altered?
- What are the alternatives?
- How can these be evaluated?
- Who gains and who loses from different decisions?
- Who decides? Why?
- What change, if change is thought to be desirable,
should be introduced?
- How can we bring about change if we, or others,
think it is desirable?
- Who could we contact to discuss action projects?
- What action should we take?