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|#1||Read - Hard Thinking about Soft Skills|
|#2||Watch - Build Soft Skills with Research and Reports|
Your students build thinking and learning dispositions when completing a report or research project either independently or with a group.
What is the difference between a report and a research project?
- The purpose of a report is to inform. For students, this is usually a short-term project that asks students to report what they find. Students writing a report simply “stick to the facts”. For example, a fifth-grade student might consult Biography Reference Bank and an encyclopedia like World Book Student to report about Benjamin Franklin’s life.
- A research project requires students to develop their own questions to answer. A researcher develops a question to investigate and consults resources, evaluates those sources for usefulness and bias, and applies them to their research question. A research project on Benjamin Franklin, for instance, may ask " Did Franklin the inventor do more for the development of the United States than Franklin the statesman?" He would then need to consult contemporary sources and histories of Franklin to provide evidence as the question is answered.
Researching incorporates critical thinking skills and results in a new perspective on the topic. INFOhio provides many digital information resources to assist students in both report writing and research projects.
|#3||Explore - Resources to Support your Teaching|
Use INFOhio’s IMatrix to find resources and tools to integrate research and inquiry into instruction.
Review this "Sample IMatrix Search" to learn the steps to investigating IMatrix.
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