The inquiry process is often known as the scientific method. The general inquiry procedure can be characterised by four aspects: sparking curiosity, gathering data, exercising reasoning and reflective thinking. Through the inquiry process, students will be challenged to examine their own thinking, feeling and doing and become self-reflective, critical thinkers.
The Humanities Inquiry Approach refers to the common understanding of how inquiry-based learning can take place in the Humanities subjects which are Geography, History, and Social Studies.
In the revised syllabuses for the teaching and learning of History as a discipline, there is an increased focus on “doing” History rather than simply accepting historical facts and recollections as defined and written by historians.
From the Secondary One to the Secondary Four History syllabuses, History students will be equipped with lifelong skills and values through the opportunities given in the classroom. They will learn to gather sources of information, analyse them critically, and forming their own conclusions about the topics in the syllabus. This is in line with the pedagogical tool of “Inquiry-Based Learning” which has been implemented across the Humanities subjects in 2013.
In CCHMS, students can look forward to enriching Historical Investigation projects in the lower secondary years, which will take them to places in their search for knowledge, such as museums, libraries and other historical sites.
Students will be given a choice to continue honing their historical skills in the upper secondary where they have a choice of offering History Elective (as part of the Combined Humanities subject) or History.
The Geography syllabuses focus on current geographical topics and associated issues that are designed to motivate students to study Geography. They aim to encourage more classroom interaction and engage students in inquiry activities, similar to those which geographers themselves carry out when attempting to solve problems.
In CCHMS, students can look forward to Geographical Investigation projects in the lower secondary years where they are given opportunities to appreciate the real-world application of geographical knowledge and skills. Our lower secondary students have investigated the water quality of the Chung Cheng Lake and also the level of energy consumption in the school.
Students will be given a choice to pursue their interest in Geography in the upper secondary where they have a choice between offering Geography Elective (as part of the Combined Humanities subject) or Geography.