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Title: Field inquiry for Singapore geography teachers
Authors: Chang, Chew Hung
Seow, Tricia
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Citation: 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
Abstract: 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.
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