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Key skills: making a difference
Key skills: making a difference

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9.3.3 Identify relevant sources of information

Exploring and identifying sources of information is about finding out what you don't know as well as using and adapting what you do know. Group projects and assignments frequently require you to carry out research and this will involve identifying specific resources you may need. For example, think about the materials and equipment that might be needed and whether the group needs to get specific expert advice and support and, if so, where you can obtain this.

It is also important to spend some time exploring the skills associated with working in a group and managing the group. There may be discussions and workshops on team working that you hope to make use of, or there may be expertise in the group itself that you can draw on. Group working skills may be new to you, but equally they may be skills you have used many times before in different contexts. Using key skills effectively involves thinking not only about which skills to use, but also about how to adapt them to different situations.

Time out

Find out about how groups function and how you can operate effectively as one of a group. Check that you know how you and others might work together effectively, including the allocation of areas of responsibility, the balance of expertise and experience needed, how different roles may contribute to a successful outcome and how to avoid discriminatory behaviour. Be aware of the boundaries to both the work and your own and others’ responsibility and accountability.

Keep a record of your information research including details of any expert help and advice of which you are planning to make use.