Using the Internet - for every subject - this process is needed for high school, higher education, and life in general - year 7 & 8 children can do this effectively and consistently - then work backwards putting the skills in place back to year 1
- Safety stuff in place - understanding of digital citizenship - lots of resources available to help with this. At a school level - need to develop community understanding of digital citizenship.
- Teaching in identifying keywords and finding synonyms for them
- Putting those words into a search term
- Scanning the search findings to find ones that might work
- Quickly dumping anything not useful
- Specific guided reading teaching in identifying bias
- Scanning - contents, headers, key words
- Skim reading - quick reading to locate key words and get an “overall” feel - taught through guided reading.
- Find a selection of possible sources (5 or 6) - reference them, one sentence summary of the gist. Choose the best three and read in detail - taught through guided reading.
- Take notes - key words and phrases - taught through guided writing.
- Construct sentences from keywords and phrases - guided writing
- Plan effectively with main ideas and supporting detail - guided writing etc through the writing process.
Developing this capacity through the primary years:
Years 1-3 - learning how to read and write - apps to support that learning - e.g. handwriting app on the ipad with a stylus - immediate feedback for errors in constructing letters.
Years 4-5 - guided - laying the groundwork to be an effective independent researcher. Breaking down the list above and guiding through the process.
Years 6-8 - Integrating the process and becoming independent (by mid year 7).
From years 4-8 - RE can be included as a subject for investigation - as part of an inquiry curriculum.