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Title: Learning about issues through discussion in the primary social studies classroom: A shared inquiry approach
Authors: Sim, Hwee Hwang
Issue Date: 2016
Citation: Sim, H. H. (2016). Learning about issues through discussion in the primary social studies classroom: A shared inquiry approach. HSSE Online, 5(1), 14-23. Retrieved from http://www.hsseonline.edu.sg/journal/volume-5-issue-1-2016/learning-about-issues-through-discussion-primary-social-studies
Abstract: This article looks at how primary school children can learn about issues in their social studies lessons through discussion. It first spells out the importance of introducing issues in the social studies curriculum for the development of students to be informed, participative and concerned citizens. It focuses on the selection of suitable issues for primary school children and discussion as a pedagogy for shared inquiry to help teachers achieve academic understanding and citizenship outcomes for their learners. The Walsh and Sattes’ (2015) framework for quality discussion is described as a useful guide for teacher planning and implementation. Research findings on teacher belief and practice of using discussion of controversial issues and the implications on teacher professional development are also discussed. The article concludes with how to be skilful in the facilitation of discussion of issues for shared inquiry.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/18871
Website: http://www.hsseonline.edu.sg/journal/volume-5-issue-1-2016/learning-about-issues-through-discussion-primary-social-studies
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