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Carrying out an investigation includes choosing an appropriate approach


An ‘appropriate approach’ is the type of investigation that will best enable the question posed to be answered. Types of investigation include:

  • fair testing
  • pattern seeking
  • researching
  • modelling
  • classifying and identifying.

See Types of Investigation for more on these approaches.

Teacher reflection

  • Types of investigation include fair testing; pattern seeking; researching; modelling; and classifying and identifying. How can teachers decide which approach best suits an investigation and/or their students?
  • How can teachers ensure that student investigations cover the range of investigation types?
  • Do you personally need more support with any particular type of investigation? If so, how can you get that support?
  • How could you modify existing investigations to change the investigation approach?