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Facilitating effective Sixth Form independent learning, methodologies, methods and tools, Andrew K. Shenton.

For young people who have opted to continue their education post-sixteen, it is difficult to overstate the importance of the independent learning which takes place in the Sixth Form. Typically, the balance between classroom teaching and private study shifts dramatically at this point and individuals who intend to go on to university find themselves having to put in place strategies that will stand them in good stead for the next stage of their academic lives, in addition to serving their current needs.<br><br><i>Facilitating Effective Sixth Form Independent Learning</i> is a comprehensive guide for educators looking to support independent learning in the Sixth Form. It takes the reader on a step-by-step journey showing how an appropriate teaching programme may be set up and offers proven tools and strategies that can be adopted in the classroom. The book advises on how a worthwhile research question may be formulated and establishes the importance of teaching unifying methodologies, in addition to individual techniques, before various means of finding information are identified. It develops an approach to help students think systematically about the available options and considers methods for evaluating information and managing time. The book then addresses the construction of essays and reports and then guides readers through understanding and implementing the Information/Writing Interaction Model (IWIM). Further coverage includes strategies for countering plagiarism and numerous suggestions for promoting student reflection.<br><br>Rigorous yet accessible and featuring numerous practical examples, <i>Facilitating Effective Sixth Form Independent Learning</i> is an essential resource for educators working in a world where developing independent learning skills is not an option, but essential
Table of contents
Cover -- Half-title Page -- Title Page -- Copyright -- Contents -- Figures and tables -- Acknowledgements -- 1 Introduction -- 1.1 The need for this book -- 1.2 The nature of independent learning -- 1.3 The special situation of Sixth Formers -- 1.4 The scope of the book -- 1.5 Key concepts -- 1.6 Chapter summary -- 2 Essential Considerations when Establishing an Information Literacy Teaching Programme -- 2.1 Aims of the teaching -- 2.2 The strategies available -- 2.3 Content inspirations -- 2.4 The design of the task -- 2.5 Desired outcomes -- 2.6 Surveying the whole -- 2.7 Defining a 'learning overview' -- 2.8 Chapter summary -- 3 Devising Tools for Students to Self-Assess Their Academic Skills -- 3.1 Origins -- 3.2 Construction -- 3.3 The individual stages -- 3.4 Medium -- 3.5 Optional exercises -- 3.6 Key benefits of the instrument -- 3.7 Caveats -- 3.8 Ethics -- 3.9 Chapter summary -- 4 Facilitating Exploration and the Generation of an Effective Research Question -- 4.1 Initiating the research process -- 4.2 The topic: familiar or new? -- 4.3 Making the subject of a book the subject of research -- 4.4 Formulating an effective research question -- 4.5 The problems of narrative and biography -- 4.6 Self-assessment -- 4.7 Dyadic sharing -- 4.8 Exploiting opportunities -- 4.9 The educator's role -- 4.10 Developing an initial information specification -- 4.11 Chapter summary -- 5 Encouraging Flexible Methodologies for Solving Information Problems -- 5.1 The nature of methodology -- 5.2 A 'snowballing' methodology -- 5.2.1 Overall patterns -- 5.2.2 Attending to source types and named journals -- 5.2.3 Other forms of search extension -- 5.2.4 An aspirational target -- 5.3 A methodology to facilitate comparison -- 5.4 A composite cross-disciplinary methodology -- 5.5 The application of methodologies -- 5.6 Chapter summary
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non fiction
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1 online resource (xvi, 277 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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