Paper 03/1 (S.B.A)
Steps in the WRITTEN section of the S.B.A
- Teacher will educate the students about the S.B.A , see About the S.B.A.
- Teacher will place students in groups OR students will form groups of 4-5.
- Teacher will facilitate the groups' formulation of a theme, topic, issue or event.
- Teacher will educate the students about research methods.
- Teacher will facilitate the writing of a Plan of Investigation, by each student.
A. THE THEME/ TOPIC/ ISSUE OR EVENT:
THEME - 1. A subject of discourse, discussion, meditation or discussion, topic.
2. A unifying or dominant idea, motif etc.
TOPIC - 1. A subject of conversation or discussion.
2. The subject or theme of a discourse.
ISSUE - 1. A point in question or a matter in dispute
2. A point, matter, or dispute, the decision of which is of special or public importance
EVENT - 1. Something that happens, or is regarded as happening; an occurrence, especially one of some importance.
2. Something that occurs in a certain place, during a particular interval of time.
Therefore, examples of themes, topics or issues are: discrimination, family relationship, crime and violence, the environment, drugs, animal rights, health, education, human rights, change, Poverty. While examples of events are: graduation, 911, the holocaust, 2016 Nice Attack, carnival, Olympics, funeral, wedding.
Please note that the process of formalizing a theme, topic, or event for the various groups might take approximately 2-3 weeks. Good luck!
B. ORGANIZATION OF GROUPS
The creation of a table that categorizes the students in their groups is imperative. Your table should contain important information, such as: the the theme/ event of the group, individual students' names, the individual topic of each student, e-mail address of each student, and the contact number for a parent.
C. RESEARCH METHODS
Before the PLAN OF INVESTIGATION is explored, it is necessary to discuss research methods. This is the means by which the students will acquire the data for their particular topics, which will feed into the general group theme. Two types of research methods are primary and secondary.
Any type of research in which the student goes out and collects the information for themselves. Examples of primary research are survey, interview, observation and analysis.
- Surveys provide a limited amount of information from a large group of people. It is useful if you want to research, for example, the extent to which football impacts a school positively. You can acquire a small amount of information (Does football impact the school positively?) from a large amount of people (the school population).
- Interviews are one on one or small group question and answer sessions. It provides a lot of information from a small group of people. It is useful when you want expert information on a subject. For example, if you are researching the extent to which playing football impacts a football team positively, you can acquire a large amount of information (how football impacts the team) from a small amount of people (five members of the team).
- Observation involves taking organized notes about occurrences in the world. This method gives the student insight about people and events, and is useful if one wants to learn more about an event without the bias involved in the interview process.
- Analysis is the collection and organization of information according to a criteria of your choice. This method of research is useful if you want to find a trend or pattern, for example, establishing the extent to which children's shows teach a lesson.
Any type of research in which information from an existing research, that others have gathered through primary research methods, is used. Secondary research material can be obtained in books, magazines, biographies and newspapers. These material can be accessed from the internet, or directly from the tangible source.
Texts, literary and non-literary, that can be used as secondary resource material are (CSEC Syllabus p.55):
- Short Stories
- Speeches (public)
- Cartoon strips
- Newspaper Articles
D. PLAN OF INVESTIGATION
A possible first step to writing the plan of investigation/ introduction, is to allow the student to fill out a form that specifies the exact information that is needed for this portion of the S.B.A. The advantage of doing this is that you, the teacher, will get an idea of the students thought process in a manageable format, that is easy to correct.
After each student's Plan of Investigation form has been corrected and returned, the student can use their form to produce the introductory paragraph. It should NOT exceed 100 words.
It is important that, after each draft of the Plan of Investigation is returned, a log of dates is kept. The dates should be verified by both the teacher and students. It is also advisable that the teacher collects both a soft copy and a printed copy of the final draft of the Plan of Investigation.
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