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Looking at the Question - finding the clues

 Step 1 - Question

Understand the research topic set by your teacher.

What am I asked to do?   

What am I asked to find out?   

What do I need clarified?

Group together the questions, facts and ideas that belong together.

What are the keywords in the question?

Highlight the words that describe the information you need.

What are the instruction words?

Underline the words indicating what you have to do.

Are there any words which you need to explain the meaning of?

At this stage you should

a.    Recognise the need for information

b.    Recognise that information is the basis for intelligent decision making

c.    Select a topic if needed

d.    Be able to explain what information is needed

e.    Analyse the assignment and understand all language in it

f.     Be able to restate the question to show understanding

g.    Be able to formulate questions based on information needs

h.    Be able to select an appropriate presentation mode – set up online files etc.

i.      Begin to judge the quantity of information needed

 

Big Questions

Big Questions often come from Philosophy but here are 20 from Science

20 Big Science Questions

 

Big Questions

Analyse

Show the essence of something by breaking it down into its component parts and examining each part in detail.

Argue

Present the case for and against a particular proposition.

Compare

Look for similarities and differences between propositions.

Contrast

Place the two propositions in opposition in order to show the differences between them.

Criticise

Give your judgement about the merit of theories or opinions about the truth or facts, and back your judgement by a discussion of evidence.

Define

Set down the precise meaning of a word or phrase.  Show that the distinctions implied in the definition are necessary.

Describe

Give a detailed or graphic account of the characteristics of the subject.

Differentiate

Show the difference between two things by determining their distinctions.

Discuss

Investigate or examine by argument, sift and debate, giving reasons for and against.

Enumerate

Listen or specify and describe one by one.

Evaluate

Make an appraisal of the worth of something, in the light of its apparent truth or utility.  Include your personal opinion, supported by evidence.

Explain

Make clear, interpret, and account for in detail.

Explore

Thoroughly inquire into a topic by examining and analysing every aspect of it.

Illustrate

Explain and make clear by the use of concrete examples or by the use of figure diagrams.

Interpret

Bring out the meaning of, and make clear and explicit; usually also giving your own judgement.

Investigate

Search, study and carefully survey all areas of the subject.

Justify

Defend or show adequate grounds for decisions or conclusions.

Outline

Give the main points or general principles of a subject, omitting minor details, and emphasising structure and relationship.

Prove

Demonstrate truth or falsity by presenting evidence.

Relate

Narrate or show how things are connected to each other and to what extent they are alike or affect each other.

Review

Make a survey of, examining the subject critically.

State

Specify details fully and clearly.

Summarise

Give a concise account of the chief points or substance of a matter, omitting details and examples.

Trace

Identify and describe the development or course of history of a topic from some point or origin.

 

Where to begin

STEP 1:   Question    

 What am I being asked to do?

 What are the keywords of the task? (Highlight)

 What information do I need?

Do I need new IT skills to fulfill the task? (ask now)

What learning is being tested - for example - what have I already learned about in maths

Research Skills from the State Library of Victoria

 

Why ask Questions

 

Activities

I think,    I see,     I wonder

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