3. How to proceed?

After defining your task by stating your own interest and finding questions that help you understand the topic the next step is planning the work to be done.

Make a project plan:

 
Make a project plan

Sometimes it is helpful to make a written project plan; sometimes it is even required. Here is an example of a project plan that you might find useful because:

Well planned is half done!

You do not have to answer to every detail, select the parts relevant to your work!

PROJECT PLAN (for groupwork)
Name of the project:
Authors of the plan:

Goals of the project (from the definition phase)
Why have we chosen this topic?
What do we know about the problem already?
What are our research problems? What do we want to find out and learn?
Our hypothesis/a working theory about our study?

Division of work
Who are participating in the project?
What are the responsibilities of each participant? (Might be difficult to define sometimes!)

Timetable
Set up dates for different phases of the project:
Here there has to be some way to graphically show that these phases are iterative

  • Defining the task
  • Planning information gathering
  • Gathering information from different sources
  • Constructing new knowledge
  • Preparing a report
  • Presenting the work

Results
What is the outcome? A research report, www-pages, play, song etc?
How is the process/product evaluated?
How is it presented?

Example
  How do you plan to work with your topic?
Each member of the group will first search for information on the use of nuclear power ie familiarize themselves with our chosen subject on their own. At some stage the geography group will go to the library in Tikkurila to look for more information while the librarian helps as best s/he can. When we feel that we have combed through the library's reserves for a few times we will go on to look for information on the Internet. Based on the jointly accumulated material, we will independently do our share of the work. Finally we will get together in the school's computer classroom and join the parts together to form a paper.

The most common problem in project work is delaying!

The longer you wait before you start the less time you have left to finish your work.
And the less time you have the poorer the result is going to be.
And the poorer the result the worse the feedback.
And the worse the feedback the less you want to get involved with another problem solving project.

Cut the circle! The more satisfied you are with your work the more you enjoy learning and the better learner you will get.

Example
  How will you initiate working: will you get straight to work or will you make excuses to delay starting. What excuses?
We will start working immediately and assign each member a task of their own!.
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