We had a fascinating visit to the Te Awamutu Museum today as research is a massive part of what they do. We were very privileged to talk to the staff who do research and who handle the Museum collections. The students got to go into the back rooms where all the collections are. They had a go at using research to identify some of the actual artifacts in the Museum. They also got to explore the stories behind some of the Museum display artifacts.
We learnt about primary and secondary sources. We learnt about the different sources to do research (e.g. specialists, books/documents, internet) and why some are better than others.
The students are about to head into speeches which will require quite a bit of research. As part of this learning we will use this learning and apply research principles to ensure we are getting accurate information.