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Let them choose
Old 04-06-2011, 01:45 PM
 
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Why do you have to come up with a topic for them? Allow them to choose a topic, a very specific one, in which they have an interest. Have them come up with two or more guiding questions that they wish to learn on that topic. They can get the topic and questions okay'd by you before they begin the whole research process to make sure it's not something too simple or broad or just not "meaty" enough.

The students will get more out of it if they take ownership in what they're researching. A problem with requiring them to research a topic in one particular area is that it's limiting and those who don't favor that area are going to be stuck with it. My kids do research projects every year and I always have them choose their own topics. If I were to tell them they had to do something on government, for example, many of them would be very disappointed--especially if science is really what they're interested in.
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