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.

What is Research?

What is research?

Teaching Content for Session 1

Timing: 90 minutes + 30 minutes follow-up work.

The Nature of Research

Research is all around us, indeed, it feels at times as if we cannot escape it! Newspapers are saturated with articles beginning ‘Research findings show … ‘ and go on to inform us about the UK having the highest number of teenage pregnancies in Europe or that a given percentage of under-12s are obese. Out shopping, we are accosted by ‘researchers’ wanting to know what our preferred brand of shampoo is or whether we think the Prime Minister should step down from office. At school, teachers might ask pupils to ‘research’ the medicinal plants of the rainforest or the religious practices of the Aztecs. On television ...

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