Inquiry-based Fieldwork for Primary Social Studies

Inquiry-based fieldwork or ibF refers to the conduct of an investigative work at a field site to achieve learning outcomes for pupils. It requires pupils to actively do something to find out or inquire about something or an issue at the site (Sim, Tan & Sim, 2005). ibF structures pupils’ outdoor learning experiences around inquiry and guiding questions which provide direction, focus and purpose for the fieldwork.