Pupils as active researchers: Using engagement with research process to enhance creativity and thinking skills in 10-12 year-olds.
In: British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2006, 6-9 Sep 2006, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.
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In 2002 a longitudinal action research project was launched to explore innovative ways to engage 10-12 year-olds in active research (Kellett 2003; 2004; 2005; Kellett et al. 2004). The project is now in its fourth year and the growing numbers of pupils who have participated provides an opportunity to stand back and evaluate some of the impact this is having on pupil learning and self-development. Semi-structured interviews with pupils, and parents from participant cohorts across the first two years were undertaken. Findings show that engaging in original research of their own choice provides pupils with creative opportunities for enhanced learning catalysed by high motivation, a sense of ownership and raised self-esteem. Findings also point to the development of higher order thinking, enhanced communication and analytical skills which are transferable into other aspects of pupils’ learning.
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