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Enquiry Skills

Examples of enquiry skills which will be developed at each stage of the cycle of learning


  • Reflect on their own experience of, and responses to, the concept.
  • Respond to others’ ideas and situations.
  • Recognise human experience which may be different from their own.


  • Express how their responses to the concept maybe applied in specific situations.
  • Identify the issues raised in applying their responses to specific situations.
  • Recognise some of the difficulties or problems involved in developing a coherent set of beliefs and values.


  • Recognise the complexity of concepts.
  • Frame questions (problematizing the concept).
  • Define and analyse concepts by forming criteria.
  • Construct explanations.
  • Give good reasons and distinguish good from bad reasons.
  • Construct inferences (if … then …).


  • Explore the interpretation of concepts.
  • Recognise that differing religious, social and cultural contexts influence interpretations and raise sometimes controversial issues that demand further engagement.
  • Express and communicate their understanding of why context influences interpretation of a concept.
  • Build capacity to compare different interpretations of concepts by giving examples.


  • Show sensitivity to the interpretations of the concept in the context.
  • Form an evaluative judgement about the significance of the concept within the given context and without.
  • Discern and clarify the reasons behind different judgements, including their own and those of others.
  • Recognise specific characteristics which make a difference in forming a judgement.
  • Express the value the concept has beyond the context.