ERIC Number: ED486657
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
How to Develop Children as Researchers: A Step-by-Step Guide to Teaching the Research Process
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. The content of this book is the result of two years' pioneering research exploring, piloting and refining optimal ways to teach research methodology to children without compromising its core principles. The model expounded here seeks to distill rather than dilute the research process. It draws on both the author's research expertise and her classroom teaching experience in the design of an interactive teaching programme which children can meaningfully engage with. This book is designed for use with pupils aged 10 to 14 years. It is suitable for gifted and talented pupils in Years 5 and 6 through to pupils of average ability in Year 9, and includes differentiated activities so that teachers can adapt the content for their pupils. The teaching in each chapter is presented in an accessible way, distilling much of the complexities of the research process for novice readers. It is possible, therefore, that able pupils and those in the older age range could work with much of this book in the style of a textbook. The book is divided into four parts: (1) The Nature of Research; (2) Data Collection; (3) Data Analysis; and (4) Dissemination. Also included in the book are the Acknowledgments, Introduction, Photocopiable resource bank, References, and Index.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Data Analysis, Ethics, Research Methodology, Research Skills, Researchers
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9
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