Assessment Criteria Management of a project (20%) Using resources (20%) Developing & realising (40%) Reviewing the project (20%) OCR Extended Project Handbook (2009)
Why the learning centre is so important for your EP? “...how you manage the resources you have access to, and how to search effectively for relevant information using libraries, the internet and other sources...” ◦ James, Mary (2009, p. ?) James, M. (2009) AQA Extended Project Companion. Cheltenham: Nelson Thornes Limited.
The learning centre can help you with... Getting started Developing your ideas Planning your research Where to find information Critical thinking/evaluating resources Statistics Referencing your sources
Top tips... Evidence required – Using resources: ◦ Use of range of sources (Collating information) ◦ Understanding the different types of resource ◦ Independent research ◦ Citation (lists of referencing + bibliography)
LC support Initial meeting with a Facilitator Ongoing contact (3-5 times) Support you in taking responsibility for your own learning
Different types of resource E-resources ◦ Information you can’t get from internet, more reliable Search engines ◦ Different engines, different results ◦ Treat with caution
Types of resources contd... Books ◦ Detailed, in depth coverage ◦ E-books ◦ Reliable Magazines/journals/newspapers ◦ Up-to-date information ◦ Millions of articles available electronically ◦ Different opinions
Types of resources contd..... Encyclopaedias ◦ Detailed coverage ◦ Generally not biased ◦ Vast range of subjects ◦ Link to Credo reference Wikipedia ◦ Good for ideas, keywords, inspiration... ◦ Treat with caution!
Tips on using e-resources Remember advice so far ◦ Very important to use different types of resource! Keywords ◦ Not too broad ◦ Synonyms
Tips on using books Have you got time to read everything? Skimming ◦ Start in contents page ◦ Move quickly through text ◦ Gain overall idea of value of text ◦ Look at titles, subtitles, images, diagrams ◦ Read first and last line of each paragraph
Tips on using books Scanning ◦ Looking for a specific piece of information ◦ Start in index ◦ Move on when you’ve found what you want...