Presentation on theme: "Advanced Level THE INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION TOPICS AND TITLES"— Presentation transcript:
1 Advanced LevelTHE INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATIONTOPICS AND TITLESA GUIDE TO GOOD PRACTICEChoosing a suitable Individual Investigation title is a very important step and it is worth taking time to consider it carefully.
2 THE INDIVIDUAL INVESTIGATION TOPICS AND TITLESThe title can be based on:a topic arising from one of your subject optionsthe Welsh Baccalaureate Core,personal interest.An Options subject e.g. A Level or Principal Learning qualification
3 Before you start Get advice ! From your personal tutor or supervisor Someone who can help you with the topic you have chosen e.g. if your topic was about pressure groups you could get advice from a politics teacher.
4 THINGS TO CONSIDERChoose a title and topic you are interested in and already know something about. It is useful to have some knowledge about the topic before you begin.Use a clear and challenging title which encourages you not to just describe the topic. At this level you must investigate the factors, reasons and explanations behind topics/issues.
5 THINGS TO CONSIDERChoose a topic and title you know you will be able to find enough information about. Be confident you will be able to find enough good sources of information.Be confident you will be able to find reliable and detailed sources of information.
6 Rather than just have a general title like ‘Sustainable development’, it is a good idea to make your title a key question or hypothesis.Using a question or hypothesis helps to give your work a clear focus and directionEncourages you to reach final/overall judgements and draw conclusions
7 Remember Individual Investigations must be about Wales and another country or region. What are the governments in Wales and Scotland doing to tackle apathy among young voters?
8 Examples with key questions How popular and effective are alternate forms of energy (e.g. wind farms) in Wales and Wyoming, USA?To what extent is teen pregnancy a problem in Wales and Holland and how successfully are these countries tackling the issue?What are the policies and attitudes towards an issue (e.g. immunisation, day care, gun crime, promotion of sport, drug laws) in Wales and Sweden?What are the main differences in the education systems of Wales and Japan?What are the attitudes of young people towards capital punishment in Wales and Florida, USA?General interest
9 examples with key questions Travel and TourismHow can tourism be effectively promoted in small countries, with special reference to Wales and Latvia?PoliticsWhat are the main features of the electoral systems in Wales and Australia? Is there a demand for change?ICT/ComputingCompare the content, house style and effectiveness of the websites of the Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales.GeographyWhat are the key factors in urban regeneration, with special reference to the revitalisation of Cardiff Bay and the ‘Big Dig’ in Boston?Business StudiesWhat factors influence employment trends in regions, with special reference to Wales within the UK and Galicia within Spain?Subject based
10 Holland has been more successful in dealing with MRSA than Wales. examplesHolland has been more successful in dealing with MRSA than Wales.Wales has a greater degree of autonomy and self government than Quebec.The smoking ban has been more successful in Wales than Ireland.Sex education is more effective in Holland than Wales.The Welsh language is more successful in Wales than Galego used in Galicia, Spain.A problem or challenge (e.g. binge drinking, drink driving, childhood obesity, gun crime) is more of a problem in Wales than Wyoming.Hypothesis based
11 You can base your title on opinions What are the attitudes of people in Wales and the USA towards the war in Afghanistan?Consider survey questions carefully e.g. your peers may not know enough about the laws or policies in another country to give an effective answer.
12 CHECKLIST Have I had advice about my choice of title? Is the title appropriate for the Advanced level?Is there a clear focus e.g. based on a key question or hypothesisDoes my title cover Wales and another country or region?Am I likely to be able to find the sources and information required?