Explain the investigation, critically evaluate their research process, and defend research findings in a presentation to an educated non-specialist audience.
Students are presented with a topic. They have 15 minutes to research and prepare a three-minute speech presenting an opinion and defending their given topic, followed by three minutes of questions.
The purpose of this presentation is for students to familiarise themselves with talking about different aspects of their research, and to build their confidence in anticipating and answering questions in front of an audience.
It is not the purpose of this presentation to answer the questions completely and accurately and students should feel comfortable enough to say ‘I don’t know’ or ‘I will need to do some research into that’.
Possible topics for these mock presentations include:
- the importance of chocolate
- the value of music
- the importance of oxygen
- the value of sport and exercise.
A similar task may be undertaken in relation to the student’s particular research topics, or an aspect of it.
Explaining complex concepts
Teacher provides the class with a list of complex concepts. They use these to model two different approaches to breaking them down for a non-specialist audience. This might include using an allegory or metaphor, or breaking down into steps. Students then apply this process to the other examples listed, and share their work with the class.