Introducing Research Skills


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The six steps to good research, note taking and presentation the Welly High way.

Introducing Research Skills

  1. 1. Research Skills A brief guide
  2. 2. WHY Research Skills? <ul><li>Research is assessed in every subject in the Senior school (Years 11 -13) as part of the Internal component of NCEA. </li></ul><ul><li>Internal assessments are EASIER to pass. You are allowed to RESUBMIT incorrect work. </li></ul><ul><li>It is usually worth a large number of credits (9 Credits in Level 3 History). </li></ul><ul><li>However you are expected to have these skills when you arrive in Year 11. </li></ul><ul><li>These skills are NOT taught in the senior school. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The SIX Steps <ul><li>Decide on a topic </li></ul><ul><li>Find information </li></ul><ul><li>Record information </li></ul><ul><li>Select the best information </li></ul><ul><li>Present the information </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluate the process </li></ul>
  4. 4. DECIDE what to research <ul><li>What you are going to research or investigate? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What have you been instructed to investigate? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What interests you most? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What has a lot of information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where can you find the information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What you would like to know? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If needed make up FOCUSSING Questions that will allow you to find as much as possible. </li></ul>
  5. 5. FIND the best information <ul><li>Find the information using a variety of resources. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School Library and the Librarians. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wellington Public Library (and its booking system) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet/Computers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>INNZ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EPIC </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Encyclopaedias – Britannica but not necessarily Wikipedia… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search Engines incl. Google, Alta Vista </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Archives. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia – Video etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People – parents, teachers, officials or experts </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. RECORD the information <ul><li>How do you keep records of the information you find? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dot and Jot Notes summarising information NOT copying! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Summarising means putting the information into your own words ….. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photocopying, Scanning/OCR for later reading and notetaking. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Always ensure you record the Bibliography details (see the Library guide). </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Recording Information Find information that may help you answer the question Copy the information in your own words Rewrite the information in a way that answers the question DO NOT SIMPLY COPY the Information
  8. 8. SELECT the best information <ul><li>Assemble your information to help you answer each of your Focussing questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Choose information that best answers the questions you asked? </li></ul><ul><li>Problem Solving: What could I do better? </li></ul><ul><li>Choose the BEST material to answer them. </li></ul><ul><li>Use this as the basis for presenting your research. </li></ul>
  9. 9. PRESENT the information <ul><li>What is the best way of presenting the information to ensure it answers the question well? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A graph or a table? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Paragraphs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>How will you present my research? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is there an established or specified format? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can You choose? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Essay? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Magazine Article? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Booklet? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Poster? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Power-point presentation? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Website? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. EVALUATE the research <ul><li>Critically evaluate the way you researched the topic. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Did you use your time wisely? (the most common problem) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Were there other sources you could have used? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Was this the best way of presenting the information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Did you check with the teacher to ensure you were on track? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What helped or hindered your progress? </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. ENJOY yourself <ul><li>Research is about the joy of discovery. </li></ul>