Ask questions about political significance when you want to understand which policies, issues, developments, or people are important today.
You can use the concept to
Here are some sample research questions that focus on political significance:
Read the following issues and click on the one that is the most "politically significant" from your point of view.
In the case of any one of these issues, you can judge its significance by looking at a number of factors. These include examining its impact; looking at how many people are affected; how notable it is; its frequency and duration; and exploring how deeply and directly it affects you. Depending on your perspective, you may have chosen any of the issues listed as most significant and you would not be wrong, but you'd have to support your opinion.
When you focus on objectives and results, you're looking at the factors that lead to events, policies, decisions, and plans of civic importance.
You can also look at the effects of civic policies or decisions and recognize the varied effects they have on different groups of people.
You can also compare the initial purpose of a decision with its actual effect and see which results were intended and which were not.
Using the concept of objectives and results during the inquiry process, you can
Here are some sample research questions that focus on objectives and results:
Imagine that a decision has been made to improve water quality for everyone in Canada. These strategies are being considered, in order to implement this plan. Which strategy would you choose as your first step?
In a plan to improve water quality for Canadians, all of the first steps listed above would have unintended results. It would be wise to anticipate the unintended as well as the intended results, to try to avoid negative unintended results.
You can use the concept of stability and change to examine how and why political institutions and government policies change over time or why they remain the same.
The concept of stability and change could be used during the inquiry process to
Here are a few research questions that focus on stability and change:
How does each of the following decisions include consideration of the concept of stability and change? Think about your answer. When you are ready, click the feedback button to see additional information on your answer.
Each decision takes into consideration how Canadians have evolved to become more inclusive, when it comes to human rights; for example, regarding gender, LGBTQ, and Indigenous equality. All are trying to adjust the language we use to be more sensitive and to better represent all Canadians.
You can use political perspective to analyze the beliefs and values of various groups, including different governments, in local, national, and/or global communities. Using this perspective enables you to see how people’s beliefs, values, and ways of thinking about others can affect their positions on civic issues.
Vary your point of view. As you collect information, use different “lenses” to help you build a more complete interpretation of what the information means. You can look at one issue or person from a number of perspectives in order to develop a better understanding of that issue/person.
During the inquiry process, use the concept of political perspective to
Political perspective, continued
Sample research questions that focus on political perspective are:
Of the following variables, click on the one that you believe would have the most impact on your political perspective.
Depending on the issue, any and all of these variables could have an effect on your political perspective. For example, age would influence your perspective on taxes; gender could influence your views on marriage law; religion could affect your perspective on statutory holidays; and your level of education would influence your ideas on tuition fees.