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Title: 
Using investigation and discussion to inquire about issues in primary social studies
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Issue Date: 
2016
Citation: 
Sim, H. H. (2016). Using investigation and discussion to inquire about issues in primary social studies. HSSE Online, 5(1), 24-34. Retrieved from http://www.hsseonline.edu.sg/journal/volume-5-issue-1-2016/using-investigation-and-discussion-inquire-about-issues-primary-social
Abstract: 
This article begins with the inquiry
teaching approach for primary social studies
and the rationale for its inclusion in the 2013
syllabus by the Ministry of Education,
Singapore. It compares traditional
instruction and inquiry-based teaching and
describes the two types of inquiry that can
be implemented in the primary classroom –
discussion and investigation. Three useful
inquiry models for primary children - Colin
Marsh’s (2001) investigation model and two
discussion models - Diana Hess’ (2009)
town meeting model (TMM) and David
Johnson and Roger Johnson’s (1999)
structured academic model (SAC) - are
elaborated. The application of these models
is illustrated in two issue-based, inquiry
centred packages designed for primary
children by student teachers from the
National Institute of Education. The article
also discusses the challenges teachers may
face when implementing such inquirycentred
packages and suggests ways of how
they can be overcome.
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