§ Ms. Richardson
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what are the differences between the programmes of study for geography in the documents referred to in his answer of 25 March,Official Report, column 277, and the recommendations of the National Curriculum Council's consultative report; what priority he gives to work on issue-based topics and inquiry-based learning in geography; and if he will make a statement.51W
§ Mr. Eggar
The differences are clear from a comparison of the documents. There is no prescription as to the teaching methods to be used in geography, so that issues-based approaches may, if teachers so decide, be used to deliver the statutory requirements. An inquiry approach is required to form an important part of children's work in geography.