Van Duzee, Alyssa
Miller, A. (2018, March 09). What are we asking kids to do? Designing research projects that ignite creativity. Retrieved from https://knowledgequest.aasl.org/asking-kids-designing-research-projects-ignite-creativity/
The term “research” is often synonymous with boring, tedious, and dull. But it doesn’t have to be that way. This article challenges people to shift their thinking and make research more relevant to students. If we want students to challenge themselves and think critically, we need to ask ourselves two major questions when we are planning research projects:
- Do our assignments offer choice and autonomy?
- Is there a greater purpose and relevancy to our assignments?
Research needs a purpose and students need to understand that purpose. If we can keep these questions in the back of our minds when collaborating with teachers and designing research lessons, students will become more engaged, thus resulting in deeper and more critical thinking and learning.