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EDC Criteria

Many interdisciplinary teams have used the following guidelines, developed by EDC, as a basis for developing their own customized criteria.


Guidelines for Drafting/Revising the Report

Your report is made up of five sections, each with a special purpose. The ideas listed in these guidelines are suggestions that you as the author should consider as you write your report for your audience (teachers, students, friends, and parents).

MY QUESTIONS

In this section I should:

  • Draw the reader into my topic with a good lead (for example, a story, quote, question).

  • Describe what I knew about the topic when I started the search and what I wanted to learn more about (why I care about the question).

  • Clearly state my search questions

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MY SEARCH PROCESS

In this section I should:

  • Describe the sequence of steps in my search (for example, what sources I started with and what other sources they led me to

  • Describe problems in locating information and how I solved them.

  • Describe breakthroughs! Tell when it really got interesting. Describe the best sources of information.

  • Tell how I changed, expanded, or revised my questions.

  • Acknowledge how others in my class and outside the school helped me carry out my search.

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WHAT I HAVE LEARNED

In this Section I should:

  • Focus on three or four major findings or conclusions. Support my conclusions with examples, details, stories, and arguments that would help my reader understand how I arrived at my conclusions.

  • Compared these findings with my original questions.

  • Suggest further questions or areas to explore at another time.

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WHAT THIS MEANS TO ME

In this section I should:

  • Tell how I've developed as a researcher (for example, what do I know about gathering information now that I didn't know before?).

  • Describe which things I learned mean the most to me and tell why they are important.

  • Explain how this work will affect the way I act toward or think about people in the future.

  • Appreciate myself as a researcher and a writer (for example, persisting, making some independent decisions about my writing, helping another student, taking risks).

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REFERENCES

In this section I should:

  • Have all of my references in alphabetical order.

  • Use the correct format for each reference.


Components of the I-Search Report

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