Australian Curriculum Teaching Resources


Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues


  • posing relevant questions when investigating the contribution individuals and groups have made to the development of the local community ('Who?', 'What?', 'When?', 'Where?', 'Why?') (Skills: Literacy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • developing inquiring questions as they investigate (for example, ‘Why there?’ questions about location; ‘What might happen?’ questions about future consequences of natural processes or people’s actions in places; and ‘What ought to happen?’ questions or other questions about ethical behaviour, sustainability and preferred futures) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • asking key questions when investigating a topic (for example, questions such as 'How did people settle?', 'Who were they?', 'Why did they come to the area?' when researching the establishment of a local community) and probing questions during an investigation (for example, ‘Why is that so?’, ‘What else do we need to know?’) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking)
  • posing evaluation questions (for example, ‘Is the process fair?’, ‘Could the process have been managed better?’) (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding)

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