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Chang, C. H., & Seow, T. (2010). Field inquiry for Singapore geography teachers. In C.H. Chang, L.C. Ho, T. Seow, & K. Chatterjea (Ed.), Proceedings Southeast Asian Geography Association Conference 2010. Retrieved from
Vietnam’s tourism industry has high growth potential with forecasts of double digit growth in
the next few years, as the tourism industry contributed more than 13% of its GPD even
during the global economic recession in 2009 (RNCOS Market Research, 2010). With this
unprecedented rate of growth in the tourism industry, two important questions arise. What are
the causes of this growth and what is the impact of this growth? The Singapore Teachers’
fieldtrip offers opportunities for teachers to deepen their content and contextual
understanding of Hanoi, as well as a chance to foray into conducting field based enquiry. In
Singapore, a revised Geography syllabus will be implemented for the GCE ‘O’ levels in 2013
for Secondary 3 students. A key feature of this revised syllabus is the use of an enquiry
approach in the teaching and learning of Geography to engage independent learning, critical
thinking, reflective thinking and enquiry. In particular, the “enquiry approach” proposed in
this revised syllabus is contingent on both fieldwork and classroom learning. This workshop
draws on the experience in the field to advance the discussion on the enquiry process.
This paper was published in the Proceedings Southeast Asian Geography Association Conference 2010, held at Hanoi, Vietnam from 23-26 Nov 2010
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