In last month’s article, we broke down the skills necessary for effective essay writing. One of these areas – research and fact-checking – is one of the biggest problems for students in both primary and secondary school; yet it is an essential skill for essay writing in university and for almost any type of future work!
Good research at the student level involves:
Besides the obvious need for these skills in educational and work contexts, developing savvy researchers during childhood is important to protect your child from the sometimes risky online content they have access to every day. This includes looking in detail at children’s research process when accessing Google.
This story acts as a warning: One of our tutors once told of a young student who reported wanting to know about the wildlife in Lake Michigan. The little girl told our tutor she Googled ‘What’s at the bottom of Lake Michigan?’ We’re talking Chigago – you can imagine what kinds of images she found.
Life is no longer as simple as the old encyclopaedia days, but it does give us opportunities to teach children advanced research skills!