‘Brown Bag’ Seminar “Geographical field inquiry in heritage areas: Understanding contested landscapes through land use surveys” and “Moving from the ‘organizational’ to the ‘instructional’: Designing history-themed fieldtrips with inquiry in mind”

‘Brown Bag’ Seminar “Geographical field inquiry in heritage areas: Understanding contested landscapes through land use surveys” and “Moving from the ‘organizational’ to the ‘instructional’: Designing history-themed fieldtrips with inquiry in mind”

Date & Time

17 April 2013, 00:00

Venue

NIE 3-02-27

Department

Humanities & Social Studies Education (HSSE)

Category

Conferences

Events Details

About the Topic

A. This presentation focuses on the value of using land use surveys as a means to help students understand the contestations among different users of heritage spaces. It argues that unpacking and comparing the land use functions of heritage landscapes at different scales can shed light on the complex interactions between ‘insider’ and ‘outsider’ users of these areas. Such understandings can then enrich students’ geographical conceptions of both heritage and tourist spaces.

B. Field-based learning has gained increasing importance both as an essential strategy in the teaching and learning of school history, as well as a useful means to develop deeper historical understandings among students. Concerns over fieldtrip planning and design, however, tend to focus too much on logistical and organizational matters at the expense of instructional or curricular objectives. This presentation explores the possibility of designing a history fieldtrip with curricular objectives foremost in mind; using the Historical Site Inquiry (HSI), an inquiry-based and planning framework and tool.

About the Speakers

Ms Tricia Seow is a lecturer with the Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. She is currently the programme co-ordinator for Geography Curriculum Studies and her scholarly interests include teachers’ subject conceptions and practice, Geography education and Geographical field inquiry.

Dr. Suhaimi Afandi is a lecturer with the Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group, National Institute of Education. His research Interests include the empirical study of the ways in which history and the past are understood by students, and teachers’ expectations about the range of ideas students hold about the nature of historical knowledge