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Research Skills

The materials in this resource are from the Secondary National Strategy ‘Progressing to Level 6 and beyond in science’ project. They were intended for science teachers who are focusing on helping their students in developing skills in researching scientific issues.

The Research skills teacher guidance file provides strategies for teachers using appropriate resources and should be read first - in conjunction with the Research skills steps table document. Both documents provide a breakdown of each key skill, with suggested strategies for moving students from one level, or ‘step’, to the next. These levelled skills are also presented in the Research skills pupil speak sheet so that students can assess their own progress and plan what they could do to improve. There is also specific teacher guidance on Supporting the writing of conclusions.

The teacher and classroom resources include:
* evidence cards which can be used to help students organise evidence for and against different theories around dinosaur extinction; photosynthesis and respiration; and plate tectonics
* an evidence decision maker to help students decide if evidence is strong or weak
* ideas for developing DARTs (Directed Activities Related to Texts)
* ideas for note taking strategies

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