This book's unique child-centered perspective provides an easy-to-follow model for teaching research methodology to children to participate actively in their own education.



Why Teach Research Methodology to Children?

In the adult world research process is greatly valued as an advanced learning tool and whetstone for critical thinking. The importance of research in professional and personal development is increasingly being acknowledged. So why should children not benefit in a similar way? Traditionally, children have been excluded from this learning process because research methodology is considered too difficult for them. Principal obstacles focus around three key barriers: age (and by implication, competence), knowledge and skills. If we can find ways to overcome these barriers and explore innovative approaches to engage children in the research process then we can access a rich – and, hitherto, largely untapped – source through which to develop creativity, critical thinking skills and analytical capability. ...

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