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Pupils as active researchers: Using engagement with research process to enhance creativity and thinking skills in 10-12 year-olds

Kellett, Mary (2006). 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.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2006 Mary Kellett
Keywords: pupils as active researchers; creativity; thinking skills; pupil voices
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Childhood Studies
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Item ID: 25779
Depositing User: Mary Kellett
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2011 08:26
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 14:47
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