What is inquiry, and why?
Inquiry is a dynamic process of being open to wonder and puzzlement and coming to know and understand the world. As such, it is a stance that pervades all aspects of life and is essential to the way in which knowledge is created. 1
What does this process (series of actions) and stance (attitude) look like?
Being open to wonder and puzzlement and coming to know and understand the world…
Your mini-inquiry will be based around the question:
"Should Oakham become a smart town?"
These are the stages you will work through as you carry it out:
What is a smart town or city? Why might it be a good or bad idea for Oakham to become one?
How will we decide whether it is a good idea or not? What might we need to find out to help us decide?
What does being a smart city involve? What are the advantages and disadvantages?
Do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? Should we be really worried about this? What is your answer to the question going to be, and why?
Using the Academic Writing Template, which you have already set up, tell us what your response is to the inquiry question. Please make sure you save the document.
Reflecting on the project, what have you learned? What new skills have you mastered or improved? What do you still need to work on and how might you do this?
In order to carry out your investigation, you have a choice of material to watch and read. As you investigate, make notes using the different methods outlined and then consider those in relation to the question. Make sure you also write down, on the note-taking sheets, details about the source you have used:
Are smart cities sinister? BBC Ideas video accessed via The Day, published 04/07/21
Spy bosses warn of cyber-attacks on smart cities BBC News article by Gordon Corera, published 07/05/21
Smart cities: How data and artificial intelligence could change London BBC News article by Tom Edwards, published 03/02/20
Using the Academic Writing template allows you to produce work that looks smart; makes it easy for your teacher to identify and helps you to remember why and when you produced it.
Opening the template:
Download a copy of the F3 ISP Template from this guide - on the right-hand side.
Immediately, save your document so that none of the work you do gets lost or accidentally deleted:
Setting up an academic document:
Using the Styles in Word:
There is already some content in the template, including a title, headings, text, an image and sections (in blue) where you should write your responses. Using the Styles in Word helps you create a Table of Contents automatically.
Adding a Table of Contents:
The ToC should be on a separate page at the start of your essay, although it can come after the title, so firstly insert a page break between the title and first heading:
Inserting a citation:
In the template, you will find the opening paragraph below:
As this article - the one you read over the summer (hopefully) - came from a source, even though it was emailed to you, you need to add a citation. The style we use in school is APA which is a code that, at a basic level, requires an author, a date and a page number:
It should look like this:
Inserting, Captioning and Citing an image
Follow the instructions in the slide show below to learn how to do this.
Adding a bibliography:
This shows the range of sources you have consulted and taken ideas from:
1 Galileo Educational Network. (n.d.). What is Inquiry? Retrieved from Galileo Educational Network – Inspiring a Passionate Commitment to Learning: https://galileo.org/articles/what-is-inquiry/
Link to the article "Smart cities".
Use the F3 ISP Template for this inquiry as it has some content added already.
Use this Academic Writing Template for any school work that you want to look really professional
These FOSIL cycle worksheets will step you through the inquiry.
If you would like to know any more about using the citing and referencing tools in Word, or other aspects of academic writing, have a look at this guide
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