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Meet the Researchers

Meet the researchers

Full transcripts of each researcher's interview are available for students. 

Assessment for Learning

Check students' understanding of:

  • the working scientifically process.
  • considerations when planning investigations. What are students particularly interested in?

Assessment of, for Learning

Join the Researchers 

Join the researchers 

Jointly develop a scientific report rubric to assess students' ability to:

  • plan data collection procedures
  • interpret graphs
  • make generalisations from data, background research
  • record conclusions that reflect patterns in the data
  • list recommendations

Scientific Report Rubric
[pdf 91.5 kb]

Toad Quoll Full Dataset
[xls 21.0 kb]

Island Ark Article
[pdf 226.5 kb]

Assessment as Learning

Students reflect on their learning:

  • What were the main research questions?
  • What was known that shaped the research questions and hypothesis?
  • What steps did you take to answer your questions?
  • How did you keep the test "fair" (test only one variable)? What variables did you consider?
  • What other factors (besides the ones you were exploring or controlling) might have affected your findings?
  • What do you think you should do differently if you were to repeat this study?
  • What are the implications of your findings? Who might be interested in them?

Related Resources

Quolls Make Comeback
This article revisits the successful island ark project years later (that features in Join the Researchers). [pdf 289.1 kb]

Research Tracks

Meet the Researchers - Who are the people researching biodiversity issues in northern Australia?

What do scientists/researchers do? Students illustrate their ideas. Pair up to share.

Students explore Meet the Researchers section.

Pairs revisit original ideas and incorporate new knowledge.

Pairs/small groups choose one of the researchers to investigate an issue focusing on science at work and possible solutions. Students complete  told me/made me wonder – enabling students to formulate questions.

Students then categorise their questions e.g:

  • those they can answer through firsthand observations (e.g., What do … eat? ).
  • those they can answer by looking at measurable data
  • those they can answer by conducting an experiment ( Will …? ).
  • those they can answer by reading information from books or articles.
  • those they think scientists/researchers could best answer .
  • those that are speculative ( Why don't more people care about protecting habitats?) These can't be readily answered by any of the above, but students might suggest alternative means such as conducting surveys or setting up a role-play exercise.

Students with an interest in similar questions could be grouped. Groups could develop a proposal describing how they would go about answering questions and present their plans to peers for review.

Join the Researchers - What's happening to the northern quoll in Kakadu National Park?

Students complete Join the Researchers section

1. Quoll files

Start here

 2. Report template


1. Quoll files — background and hypothesis

 Offline students can access "The Cane Toad Risk Assessment" article (see Resources in right hand column) that provide further background information. 

The "Three-level Guide" that accompanies this article will help learners gain a deeper understanding of the text. It will help them to make judgments about, or challenge concepts or ideas in the text and relate these ideas and concepts to other contexts.

2. Download the "My Scientific Report" template.

The template has sentence starters, prompts and graphs to support students. Another more generic Scientific Report template is available to suit student needs (see Resources in right hand column). Through the process of deconstructing a scientific report, the key features can be recorded as a starting point for jointly developing a rubric for this task.

3. Make a plan make_plan

4. Field trip


Students complete these sections.

5. Results


6.  Act on research

Act on research

Students explore these sections.

5. Results

An Excel file of the original data (from which the graphs are derived) is available in the Resources (in the right hand column). Students could create their own graphs from this data or manipulate it and analyse it in other ways.


6. Research Recommendations in Action

Teachers might like to use the "Island Ark" article (in the right-hand column) and appropriate strategies to help learners develop a deeper understanding of the text.