Investigation

Key tasks in this stage: 

  • Confirm your group
  • Explore your interests
  • Determine a need within the community
  • Investigate the global context explorations related to your interests / identified need
  • Conduct initial research and gather information on the need and community
  • Define a goal to address the need
  • Identify what existing knowledge / skills you have useful to your project, and what new skills / knowledge you will require
  • Meet with a learning advisor to discuss the results of your investigation
  • Use the Googlesite template to create your group’s Project Website

 

Your group’s interests

Now you have confirmed you group (2-4 members) it is time to explore your interests.  You may have already responded to some of these during the immersion stage – now it is time to discuss these with your group.

  • What are your interests?
  • What hobbies do you like, and could these be involved in your project?
  • What skills do you have, or would like to develop?
  • What issues of public significance would you like to take action in addressing?
  • What would you like to learn more about or become involved in?

 

Investigating communities 

The plural ‘Communities’ is used here because there are different communities you could consider here – the immediate local community, the broader local community, or a community interstate or overseas. The needs of a community are often (but not always) shaped about issues that they face.  These issues are often found in many places, and as such can be referred to as global issues. When it comes to taking appropriate action in response to a global issue, it does not mean you need to look globally. It is wise to consider the adage “think global, act local” here, as engaging locally is logistically more accessible, and may allow for a closer working relationship with that community.

  • How could you gather information about your chosen community?
  • What issues does the community face?  What are their needs?
  • How could you get involved in addressing the issue/meeting this need?
  • Are there any steps previously/presently undertake to address this need?
  • What organisations are involved in taking action to address the issue/need?
  • Could you join with others already taking steps in addressing this issue?

Many international days exist to take steps to address certain needs in various communities.  Check out this list of Internationally Recognized Days that aim to promote issues of international interest or concern.  Could your project involve one of these days?

 

Investigating further
This investigating commences once you have developed some ideas on what you may wish to pursue for your project.

  • What do you already know about the topic/issue/pursuit you are about to get involved in?
  • What do you need to know more about?
  • What questions can you ask to find out more?
  • Who can you ask to find out more details?
  • What resources do you need?
  • What type of service may you wish to engage in – Direct, Indirect, Advocacy, or Research?
  • What relationship does your need have with the global contexts?
  • Which global context will you choose to help drive your project?
  • Do you need to develop any skills or knowledge before you start participating?
  • What will your SMART goals be?
  • Are there any costs involved?
  • Who could you approach to support you if required?

 

Investigating the Global Contexts
Your group is to choose a global context exploration to provide a context for inquiry and research in your project. The following questions may help your group as you investigate the different global contexts as a focus for your project.

  • What do we want to achieve through our CE project?
  • What do we want others to understand through our work?
  • What impact do we want our project to have?
  • How can a specific context give greater purpose to our project?

While the need that you are trying to address may determine the global context exploration you choose, your goal and the community the need exists in also influence your choice in context. The table in the CE project home page provides examples of this. This table below provides an example of how different contexts provide a different avenue for the project inquiry into one identified need. 

Global context – exploration Examples related to the need for renewable energy supply in a particular community
Scientific and technical innovation – how humans use their understanding of scientific principles Design a 3D model of a solar device with instructions for construction
Orientation in space and time – the relationship between individuals of different generations Write and perform a play that portrays the reliance of future generations on our current decisions surrounding renewable energy use
Globalization and sustainability – how local experiences mediate the global Develop a research paper on the transition to renewable energy for the DB community

Click here for project ideas in each of the Global Contexts

 

Concluding your investigation into the Global Contexts

Complete these steps to conclude your investigation into the Global Contexts

1. Carefully read the descriptions of the six Global Contexts and how they connect to inquiry.
2. Look at the examples of projects in each Global Context
3. Consider how choosing different Global Contexts and explorations will alter the nature/direction of your project
4. Identify your Global Context
5. Identify which part of the global context your project will explore
6. Explain why you have chosen it

 

Investigation template

Now it is time to complete the Investigation template on your project website.  Click here for details on how to set up your project website.

Information required on this page of your group’s CE project website is your project goal:

  • Type of Action you will take
  • Identified need & how your group confirmed this need
  • Community the need exists in
  • Your chosen Global Context exploration and justification of its choice

Following completion of this page of your project website you will need to share and discuss it with your assigned learning advisor.