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91597: Conduct a critical social inquiry  

Updated May 2014. This document has been updated in its entirety to address new issues that have arisen from moderation.

Points of view, values and perspectives

Students need to explain more than one point of view, value and perspective.

Points of view are what people think about something (their opinion or attitude towards an issue, an action, or an event). A quote itself is not enough to show understanding. Students should first identify what the point of view is about, and then describe exactly what the person/group thinks about this issue, action or event. The quote is evidence to back up this explanation.

Values are the reasons why someone might think a particular way about something. The explanation needs to link to the values or beliefs that have influenced the person/group’s point of view, and can come from such things as their role in society, their cultural or political beliefs.

Perspectives/ideologies are what shape a person/group’s specific beliefs and values. They are the ‘big umbrellas’ under which people think a particular way about something, and discussion must involve more than just naming a specific, recognised ideology. It is important that the students can link the beliefs and values held by the person/group to a relevant ideology or belief system.

Implications of the findings in contexts outside the inquiry

Students need to apply the inquiry findings to another context and consider the implications for this context. For example:

  • the same issue/social actions in a different place
  • the application of similar issue/actions from the student’s issue to another issue
  • the implications for different groups not studied in the original inquiry.
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