D. Stage 3 – Knowledge:
Research sources can be quite varied:
- Books (school library, public library, municipal or district archives,etc);
- "Free your river" library, background information, other schools, etc.
- Meeting key people and local actors (scientific, associative, political, industrial …);
Such data collection is structured and oriented by the leading question that the group has chosen. There is no need to gather full knowledge about the river. Bringing together the data of all the groups will lead to a diagnosis of the state of the river and the proposals for management and improvement.
This stage is carried out by the students autonomously. However, joint sessions will help all students acquire the necessary knowledge and skills necessary to conduct their research.
Resorting to partners from diverse interest groups is essential. The partner is addressed and recognised as an expert, with the teacher being sole judge of the educational choices for the class.