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Research Topic

Water is vital to living organisms both in regulating their life processes and the environment which they inhabit.  It is believed to be a pre-requisite for the emergence of living organisms. Today, water pollution is one of the main problems in Hong Kong.


In this project, students are led to examine the impact of human activities on this shared resource. After completing the project, they are able to:

  • appreciate that some water problems (e.g. desertification) demonstrate evolution which is driven by gradual changes resulting from human activities over a period of time develop an awareness of the importance of a clean water supply to personal health and a country’s development

  • develop a concern for water problems in Hong Kong

  • develop a commitment and make a continual effort to reduce water pollution


Science Education Key Learning Area – Integrated Science : Curriculum and Assessment (Secondary 4-6) (2014)  Retrieved November 20, 2014 from


After completing this project, students will consolidate the following generic skills:

  • Collaboration skills (e.g. listening, appreciation, and negotiation) help students to engage effectively in tasks and teamwork, and to benefit from collaborative relationships.

  • Communication skills help students to interact with people and express their ideas effectively.

  • Creativity is the ability to generate original ideas and solve problems appropriate to the contexts.

  • Critical thinking skills help students to draw out meaning from given data or statements, generate and evaluate arguments, and make their own judgment.

  • Information technology skills help students to seek, absorb, analyze, manage and present information critically and intelligently in an information age and a digitized world.

  • Numeracy skills help students to master basic computation in daily life, use basic mathematical concepts in practical situations, make reasonable estimates, understand and interpret graphs, charts, and data

  • Problem-solving skills help students to use thinking skills to resolve a difficulty and determine the best course of action.

  • Self-management skills (e.g. preserving emotional stability, handling stress) help students to build up self-esteem and accomplish goals.

  • Study skills (e.g. collecting and processing information) help students to develop good learning habits, and the abilities and attitudes to enjoy learning.


HKEAA (2000), Learning to Learn _ The Way Forward in Curriculum Development 



Use of Research Skill - Big6 Model

What is Big6 Model?


















Big6 Research Model

The Big6 Model is a process model of how people of all ages solve an information problem.

From practice and study, we found that successful information problem-solving encompasses six stages with two sub-stages under each:

1. Task Definition

        1.1 Define the information problem

        1.2 Identify information needed

2. Information Seeking Strategies

        2.1 Determine all possible sources

        2.2 Select the best sources

3. Location and Access

        3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically)

        3.2 Find information within sources

4. Use of Information

        4.1 Engage (e.g. read, hear, view, touch)

        4.2 Extract relevant information

5. Synthesis

        5.1 Organize from multiple sources

        5.2 Present the information

6. Evaluation

        6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)

        6.2 Judge the process (efficiency)

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