Useful Research Skills Websites
DiRT: Digital Research Tools Wiki
This wiki is a directory of Digital Research Tools useful for the different steps of the research process, from information gathering, analysis to writing the research report.
Overview of the Research Education Programme
Research Education has become a way of life for students in Raffles Institution. It is treated as a subject on par with other academic subjects. The whole–school and spiral developmental approach from Year 1 to 3 aims to impart information literacy and research skills to equip our students for higher-level external mentorship projects with various universities and institutes of higher learning.
Students are able to engage in research projects in any of several fields of endeavour. These include, but are not restricted to Science, Mathematics, Engineering, IT, Business, Management, Humanities, Creative Writing, Fine Arts, Social and Community Service. Our students are given avenues to challenge their cognitive development and creativity through project work under the guidance of a professional.
1. Future Problem Solving
2. Odyssey of the Mind (RGS)
3. Destination Imagination (RI)
4. World Scholars’ Cup
6. Business@School (RI)
7. Doors to Diplomacy
8. Moot Parliament Programme
9. Leadership Development Programme
10. Humanities and Social Science Research (HSSRP)
11. Science Mentorship Programme
About this Research Education Guide
This guide is customised to support the Research Education Programme for Year 1-3 students (age 13-15) of Raffles Institution. The site map has been designed in accordance to topics covered for the Year 1 students and supplemented by additional resources to support the research skills learning for the Year 1-3 students.
RESEARCH EDUCATION PROGRAMME
1 All students in Year 1-3 will undergo the Research Education Programme as part of the Raffles Programme curriculum. The rationale of the Research Education Programme is to develop students into independent and resourceful life-long learners equipped with the necessary creative and critical thinking skills as well as inter-personal skills.
2 The objectives of the programme are:
i) to equip students with important lifelong information literacy and research skills,
ii) to be able to conduct self-directed learning effectively,
iii) to demonstrate responsibility towards use of knowledge and generating knowledge,
iv) to foster good Habits of Mind through collaborative learning and
v) to improve communication skills through the articulation and sharing of research findings.
3 The framework of the Research Education Programme is as follows:
Year 1 Research Skills-based Assignments
Year 2 Research Projects adapted from ‘A’ level PW framework
Year 3 Intermediate level Research Projects
4 The Research Education (RE) Programme is structured into the timetable and is conducted in Terms 1-4. For the Year 1s, the RE programme follows a modular system whereby RE lessons are taught in the classroom. Each Year 1 class will have a weekly RE period of 100 minutes. Each period is supervised by two RE specialist teachers who will conduct lessons on specific research skills as well as mentor the students during their project meetings. The Programme will commence in Term 1 Week 2 immediately after the Year 1 orientation programme.
5 The assessment of the students’ performance in Research Education is based on their performance throughout the whole programme as well as their assignments submitted. An overall assessment of each student's performance in Research Education will be included as part of his end-of-year Academic Performance Report.
6 Upon completing the Year 1 foundational research skills curriculum, the Year 2 and 3 students will embark on group research projects where they will apply knowledge and skills learned to a research project category of their choice and interest.