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IGCSE Global Perspectives

An overview of the IGCSE Global Perspectives course.
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Brent Johnson

on 7 August 2013

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Transcript of IGCSE Global Perspectives

Why Choosing to Study the Global Perspectives IGCSE Course was the Best Decision you Made in Year 9 What do you think? This course will help you: Where does
the Come in? To achieve the course aims you need to have excellent research skills. RESEARCH IS NOT COLLECTING LOADS OF FACTS AND SHARING THEM. RESEARCH IS NOT CUTTING AND PASTING FROM WEBSITES AND BOOKS. (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr RESEARCH IS INVESTIGATING A TOPIC FOR A REASON. IT IS A TOOL TO ENABLE… The Examiners’ Attitude The syllabus states:
‘It is more important that candidates learn how to select relevant, reliable information using an internet search than that they should know particular facts. It is more important that they are able to use this information to support a point of view than that they know particular facts. It is important that they engage with, and reflect on, different perspectives. Facts are there to be used, they are not an end in themselves.’ Global Perspectives Syllabus 2012 The Examiner is Assessing That when gathering information you are aware of different points of view.
That you can analyse issues with a topic in relation to your question. Put forward different viewpoints.
That you can identify and evaluate different scenarios
That you can use evidence effectively to create a personal response, demonstrating self-awareness. Formulating your Question Formulating your Global Perspectives question on a topic is the first thing you need to do.

It is ESSENTIAL you formulate your question with an awareness that you will be considering it from a PERSONAL, LOCAL, NATIONAL and GLOBAL perspective. PLANNING In formulating your Individual Research title think about…
What question do I want to ask?
Where will I find the information to answer my questions?
How will I analyse the information?
How will I identify and evaluate possible scenarios?
Possible scenarios
Evaluation of scenarios
Possible courses of action
Personal response
What have I learned?
How has what I have learned changed my opinion? PLANNING Be aware of how much information is out there and how little time you have. Be focused do not WASTE TIME.
Ensure you have a specific area of investigation and a set of questions that can be answered in the work. Do not just have a broad topic.
Understand and give reasons for your choice of topic/question
Know what you are looking for. Start without understanding exactly what you want to find out about and why you need it. LOCATING INFORMATION Tips

Think: Personal/Local/National/Global

Think about the big organisations with an interest in the topic.
Think about which newspapers would be useful.
Think about the key words that would help you search.
Use advanced search feature.
Use websites that the school has bought subscriptions for you.
Use subject based magazines. Do key word searches from back issues on line.
Use Google Advanced Search or Google Scholar

Ask teachers for help
Ask librarians for help.
Ask family and friends if they have ideas for personal opinions. APPRAISING INFORMATION HOW WILL YOU EVALUATE IF THE INFORMATION IS USEFUL?

Think: Personal/Local/National/Global
Think how subjective or biased the information is how this will affect how you use it.
Think about the purpose and audience of the source.
Think about your own bias.
Think about how the source can be used as evidence to support or oppose your topic question. FINAL CHECK LIST Remember your purpose is
To answer your question showing your … ing skills with an awareness of personal/local/national/global perspectives.

QUESTIONING
ENQUIRING
APPRAISING
SELECTING
ORGANISING
COMMUNICATING
EVALUATING
REFLECTING ORGANISING At your planning stage you should know how you will keep track of your resources. Note in the GP course you will be asked to rank the usefulness of sources used.
Whilst locating and appraising information you should be constantly be thinking about how the information will be useful to further your arguments. If it isn’t don’t include it. COMMUNICATING Think about how you will share your information powerpoint/video/email/photograph/blog/podcast/written report?
What are the expectations of your means of communication?
Remember the assessment criteria. Show the steps involved in creating an evidence based personal response that includes detailed awareness of different perspectives. COMMUNICATING Think carefully about your structure

Gather, but only with the purpose in mind.
Analyse
Identify and Evaluate
Develop an evidence based personal response that constantly shows personal, national, local and global perspectives. Evaluating Don’t wait until the end of your assignment to evaluate. Constantly reflect on whether you are:
Answering the question
Meeting the assessment criteria
Developing and demonstrating your …ing skills.
If you haven’t, then go back and fix it! Global Perspectives
IGCSE Course (cc) photo from CCH
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