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Geographical enquiry

Geographical enquiry is a specific way to approach geography curriculum planning and has been a feature of school geography since the 1970s. Students actively enquire into geographical questions and issues, building their geographical understanding and using sources of geographical information as evidence.

Engaging with enquiry requires students to make sense of information, think geographically and draw conclusions. Geographical enquiry sets goals to challenge and stretch students and help them to plan, monitor and evaluate their geographical learning (i.e. develop metacognition).

Margaret Roberts writes;

‘Developing an enquiry approach to teaching and learning is about developing a questioning attitude to geographical knowledge and enabling students to investigate that knowledge critically and to think geographically’.

(The Handbook of Secondary Geography, 2017)                          

A key reference is Roberts, M. (2023) Geography through Enquiry: An approach to teaching and learning in the secondary school, Second edition. Sheffield: Geographical Association.

Start by looking at these aspects of geographical enquiry.