several questions of investigation to discuss in his application
to a period in history.
of historical inquiry
A core requirement of this syllabus is that `each in-depth study
must embody a process of historical inquiry'.
a process of inquiry, historical studies should usually proceed
through the following phases:
· identification of an issue
· the framing of relevant research questions or hypotheses
· the framing of subquestions to guide the investigation
· the location of varied, relevant evidence
· interpretation, analysis, evaluation and corroboration
· identification of any additional evidence needed
· creation of the first and subsequent drafts with reconsidered
· completion of the final presentation.
of historical procedure
There are a number of guidelines that historians use in the various
phases of inquiry. It is accepted generally that
in any historical inquiry, there should be:
relevance to students and their surrounding culture
· a concern with the causes and consequences of change
and continuity in human events
· responses to issues that emerge from the evidence
· a willingness to make tentative judgments based on the
· support for the key components of the conclusions with
· evaluation of the problematic nature of historical evidence
· the creation of a structured response that has drawn
upon many sources and that incorporates these new conclusions
In addition a work program may include bridging studies. These
vary in length from possibly one lesson to perhaps six lessons.
In a bridging study there is not time for intensive inquiry. Instead,
the essential points of an historical event or development are
conveyed, probably by teacher exposition, use of film/video, examination
of key evidence, and/or reading of texts. These brief studies
help the students to make sense of the in-depth studies by establishing
them within a wider thematic and chronological historical context.