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Students’ relationships with other people affect their investigations


Choices about what students investigate and how they carry out their investigations may be affected by the importance of the investigation to other people (peer groups, parents, role models, siblings, other investigators, and so on).

Students should be encouraged to consider the views of others when carrying out an investigation. They may also be encouraged to consider how their own view may have been influenced by other people.

Teacher reflection

  • How might other people influence students?
  • How can teachers encourage their students to consider the views of others when planning an investigation?
  • What sorts of working relationships can teachers promote in the classroom?