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Enquiry and Communication in Citizenship: Research Skills

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Age Range: KS3

Focused activities designed to help students develop National Curriculum approaches to independent research for English and the Humanities. The research process is broken down into manageable units and students are encouraged to use a wide variety of skills. (Updated from: Research Skills)

Topics include: Using the library; Using ICT for research; People as a source of information; Observation skills; Spider diagrams; Maps and symbols; Alphabetical order; Using indices; Comparing research techniques.

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Size: 64 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 159 7
Code: ECRS
Popularity rank: 354
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Contents List


  • 7 INFORMATION SOURCES Introducing students to the concept of research. They consider the various sources of information available and where these can be found.
  • 9 WHAT'S IN THE LIBRARY? This page familiarises students with their school library and shows them just how extensive is its range of information. It is aimed at Year 7/8 students who are unfamiliar with the non-fiction aspects of the library.
  • 11 GOING PUBLIC Students are introduced to the public library and find out about the use and range of facilities and services there.
  • 13 USING ICT This page highlights the information that is available using ICT (Information and Communication Technology).
  • 15 COULD YOU TELL ME...? Students are given the opportunity to see the value of people as a source of information.
  • 17 OBSERVATION Students are made aware of how difficult it is to make correct observations. They share possible ways of remembering.
  • 19 MAKING NOTES 1 - KEY WORDS This page introduces the idea of key words and their importance.
  • 21 MAKING NOTES 2 - TABLES This page shows students the advantages of using a table to take notes. It provides them with the opportunity to compare a table with taking notes, and to think about the different uses of each.
  • 23 TABLES AND CHARTS This page extends students' awareness of ways to present information in brief, by demonstrating the differences between tables and charts. It builds on their presentation skills.
  • 25 PICTURE THIS! Students consider the symbols and pictures that they use to convey information.
  • 27 WATCHING THE BOX Students gain an appreciation that the TV is not simply for entertainment, but can be used as a valuable source of information in a number of ways.
  • 29 ALPHABETICAL ORDER Students revise and develop their alphabet skills, as a first step in learning to use the library.
  • 31 REFERENCE SKILLS This page introduces the Dewey System. It is intended to build on students' understanding of the way in which a library is organised, so that they can use their own libraries effectively. It is aimed at Year 7 students.
  • 33 FINDING YOUR SOURCE Students gain experience of using the Dewey System and practice in recording the location of specific information.
  • 35 SUMMARISING Students are introduced to summary. They are shown how one sentence can summarise all the detail given in one paragraph.
  • 37 HEADLINES This page demonstrates how much information is contained in a newspaper headline.
  • 39 SCANNING This page shows students how scanning can help them to understand a piece of writing.
  • 41 INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED Students are given the opportunity to examine writing instructions and come to appreciate the need for clarity and directness in their style.
  • 43 CAREER WISE Opportunities are provided for students to develop their knowledge of the library, as well as their research skills. Researching a career provides them with the independent tools to be able to go about this process, at whichever point is most appropriate.
  • 45 HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE Students explore the telephone as a research tool, identifying the relative merits of telephone/fax communication.
  • 47 PLANNING YOUR HOLIDAY This page shows students the importance of planning.
  • 49 TIMETABLES Students learn how timetables are constructed and how they should be read.
  • 51 A LETTER TO... This page provides students with the confidence and structure to write for information from companies or organisations. It also reinforces the use of the formal letter.
  • 53 SQ3R?! This page introduces a formula that can be used for research, and enables students to remember it. It also uses their presentational skills and their knowledge of symbols and pictures.
  • 55 LOOKING INTO, NOT AT Students are introduced to the idea of how useful pictures can be, when researching a topic, in providing information.
  • 57 TURN LEFT, THEN RIGHT This page teaches students how important it is to learn to read information from maps and plans.
  • 59 USING THE INTERNET Students are given information about the Internet, and help in realising its use as a research tool.
  • 61 INTRODUCING... Students learn about the importance of introductions. They are guided towards an individual approach and style for an introduction to a project.
  • 63 OBSERVING & RECORDING This page aims to give students the skills they need to observe and record with accuracy.



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Excellent resource. Is ideal as extension work for current Year 7 project where students are being taught thematically rather than in curriculum areas.
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Good discussion/ brainstorm work. Promoted lots of ideas.
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The content is extremely comprehensive.
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Very clear and concise instructions.
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It made them think of the range of resources in our library - and some discovered things they did not know were there.
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It generated both interest and discussion.
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The approach is very clear and user friendly.
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