From Now On
The Educational Technology Journal

 Vol 11|No 1|September|2001

Growing the Idea

The project evolved from one stage through two more, with each section a bit shorter and a bit lower than the first. After the arbor was in place, the grape vines climbed skyward and added their own charm to the project, some of which could be shaped by pruning and some of which was a bit random.

© 2001, J. McKenzie. Click on photo for full size.

The intention of this article was to explore the development of an idea or a project through various phases of thought and inquiry. All too often, school research seems rushed and little concerned with the creation of useful new ideas. Ideas take time and care. If we rush toward decision, we may decide poorly.

If we expect to raise a generation of thoughtful decision-makers and problem-solvers, we should be taking a new look at the way we assign school research - not only the types of questions we assign but also the kind of research and invention process we encourage.

How can we best change school research so as to raise a generation of thoughtful decision-makers and problem-solvers?

Good question.

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Credits: The photographs were shot by Jamie McKenzie.

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