ESC Effective Research

 

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Effective Research at Emerald Secondary College is based on 6 steps:

  1.  Define the task
  2. Locate information
  3. Select resources
  4. Organise your notes
  5. Present your ideas
  6. Evaluate your work

Resources to support these steps:

ESC Library Effective research student planner booklet 2016

ESC Library Effective Research Teacher guide – to come

Effective Research wikispaces – this link takes you to another website with a step by step guide to the research process.

Other useful resources

ESC Library Website evaluation activity 2016 – this activity is based on the Constructivist approach to learning

 

Note taking template:

Note taking template 1

Research tasks

Research tasks can be found on this website by using the search option on the right hand side of the site.

For example to find your Japanese project; type Japanese

To find English projects; type English

To find any year level projects go to RESEARCH   –  CURRENT RESEARCH TASKS and click on your year level.

6 steps to effective research

Information literacy checklist
Skills
Defining: What do I really want to find?
Can clarify the meaning of words in a research task Online graphial dictionary: http://www.visuwords.com/
Can state the task in my own words
Can identify differences between open and closed questions
Can create appropriate research questions for the task Question generator:http://wsi.slav.vic.edu.au/question-generator
Question matrix:http://vels.vcaa.vic.edu.au/downloads/supportmaterials/organisers/reasoning_question_matrix_secondary.pdf
Locating
Can list key words related to the task
Can find a book in the library using the ROS system
Can use key words to find online information Using key words:http://ergo.slv.vic.gov.au/learn-skills/research-skills/locate-information/using-keywords
Can use Google advanced search and a range of other techniques to find information Use of a HUGE range of different search engines: http://www.noodletools.com/debbie/literacies/information/5locate/adviceengine.html
Can record details of source information in a bibliography How to write a bibliography: http://esclibrary.edublogs.org/research/creating-a-bibliography/
Selecting
Can skim read a source to see if it is relevant
Can determine if the information (website) is suitable for the topic Evaluating a website:

http://esclibrary.edublogs.org/research/online-searching-and-evaluation/

Organising
Can make notes in dot point form
Can use a data collection sheet to make my notes Notetaking sheets:http://esclibrary.edublogs.org/research/note-taking-sheets/
Can use an online data collection sheet to make notes
Can write my own paragraphs from my notes
Presenting
Can select a style of presentation appropriate to the audience Web 2.0 tools for presenting:http://esclibrary.edublogs.org/resources/web-2-0-tools-for-presenting/
Can create a presentation using both written and/or online resources.
Can present the information clearly
Evaluation
Can identify that my work has met the criteria of the task
Can identify what I have learnt by completing this task
Can set goals for the further development of information literacy skills