What nursery rhyme has a line that nicely foreshadows research? It is ‘One two buckle my shoe’; when the poem gets up to 11, 12 it says ‘dig and delve’.
To dig and delve is to probe deeply, and not to stop until there is a satisfactory resolve. It struck me that the lines of this nursery rhyme, with a few modifications, have some parallels with the 6 facets of the RSD (see these at http://www.rsd.edu.au):
‘1, 2 what do I do?’ This connects to students embark and clarify (facet a), where questions, aims or ideas- from the educator or from the children- launch the enterprise, and the process requires much subsequent clarification of purpose.
‘3, 4 open the door’. Finding information or generating data (facet b) only occurs when students or educators decide which door- to the playground, the garden, to the neighbour or to the internet.
‘5, 6 pick up sticks’. Students must discriminate between the information they want- such as sticks, and other superfluous data- such as stones, snails or weeds. This parallels evaluate and reflect (facet c).
‘7, 8 lay them straight’. Students organise information and data and manage their time and teams (facet d).
‘9, 10 see the trend’. Students analyse well organised information/data and synthesise new understanding. (facet e).
’11, 12 dig and delve’. Students keep probing by going through cycles of these processes until they have something worth communicating and applying’ (facet f).
The RSD was always devised with primary to PhD in mind, as that mirrored Kerry O’Regan and my educational experiences. Now by creating a version of the RSD for early childhood educators that is song and picture based, there is an opportunity to explicitly develop this cognitive skill set across formal education, beginning with early childhood and continuing to PhD.
Do you think the 6 facets of the RSD can be developed with 3 to 6 year olds? If so, what could be the advantages and the barriers?