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Independent learning projects: Out on their own...

Familiar or new? A student’s topic selection for independent learning assignments can be crucial, but should they stick to what they know or explore uncharted waters? Dr Andrew K Shenton discusses

Independent learning assignments offer teachers a great opportunity to promote in their students the development of a wide variety of skills, especially those associated with reading, writing, finding and using information, critical thinking, decision-making, problem-solving and time-management.

Levels of motivation are likely to be high, too, if an entirely free choice of topic for investigation is permitted. Under these circumstances, a key initial consideration for the young person is whether the subject they elect to tackle is familiar to them or brand new.

Familiar topics often appeal to cautious learners or those who lack confidence. However, while some simply take comfort in revisiting an area they know well, others will see the assignment as a chance to indulge a personal passion.

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