Resources for schools
Helping young people connect the dots
In today’s world young people have access to so much information. Whether this comes from parents, peers, teachers or influencers they increasingly need the skills to interpret and filter these sources in order to thrive.
Young people depend on a fluency to how they find and use information. Rather than memorising and repeating, they need to be able to see patterns in data, combine multiple perspectives and solve new problems. For us, these skills are at the heart of how we do research. This is why we have developed a suite of bespoke workshops that can be delivered within the school day.
We have been running a range of research-based workshops to our participating schools on the following topics:
- Careers in Research (for pupils in Year 7 up to sixth form)
A research careers presentation which provides students with an introduction to research and its applications in a real life context. Information is provided on different roles available in a research career and the different industries in which this can take place. We will discuss personal qualities which are helpful for a career in research and some pathways into research careers.
- Primary Research Project Design (for pupils in Year 7 up to year 11)
An interactive session which covers a range of topics related to designing a research project. Students are first given an overview of what research is (definition, purpose of research, contextual examples), and then are taken through the step-by-step stages of designing a research project. Students are tasked with designing their own research project from developing a research question through to choosing a method. The session ends with a peer review where students review each other’s designs.
- Applied Ethics in Research (for GCSE pupils and Sixth Form social science students)
Designed for an audience who already have some knowledge of research design, this session provides students with an insight into how ethics are managed in the ‘real world’ research context. This begins with an overview of MYRIAD, an introduction to ethics (definition and a brief history), how researchers ensure a project design is ethical (consulting guidelines and Research Ethics Committees) and introductions to key ethical considerations (benefit and risks, consent and confidentiality). Throughout, students are invited to work in groups to discuss ethical considerations of specific research scenarios.
- An introduction to longitudinal studies (for pupils in Years 8/9; 12 and 13) These sessions are targeted at young people currently taking part in the project study classes from Year 8/9 as well as pupils in Years 12 and 13. The session would fit into a singular lesson (around 50 minutes) and work best for around 10 pupils at a time. During the session pupils will learn about our research process, be introduced to the idea of longitudinal research, discuss ethical issues in psychological research, as well as have the chance to give their own ideas and opinions about the future directions of the research project. The workshops offer a chance to find out more what it is like to work in research, learn more about the research process and contribute to real life research.
Through these workshops we want to harness their curiosity and natural imagination to understand the world around them. Equipping young people with the skills and attributes to connect the dots between different information rather than simply collect the dots.
There are various ways your school can get involved with the University of Oxford.