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Detective
Using knowledge to solve problems
 

In this role you will use knowledge to solve particular problems.
If explorers are great searchers - detectives are great re-searchers; they go over things carefully again and again to get the details exactly right. They search out patterns and relationships.
They are sceptical and test everything.
It is the tiny detail that no one else has noticed that lets Sherlock Holmes solve the case!

What detectives need:

                   Curiosity - about how to solve problems and puzzles
                   Carefulness -attention to detail, searching for patterns and anomalies, filtering out irrelevant information
                   Patience - to collect information and consider all the possibilities, re-testing theories against reality
                   Scepticism - checking for themselves rather than taking other people's words as fact
                   Contacts
- gaining information from or trading information with a network of other people
 


Detective's role in the project

Identifying an insect, measuring how fast water evaporates from a puddle or piecing together a broken pot - this is detective work. You will need to think hard about what are the right questions to ask, and how you will plan to gather and evaluate your evidence. You will require different tools depending on what sort of detective-work you are doing – a magnifying-glass, a microscope, a telescope, a computer, a light-meter – all sorts of different devices for measuring and examining things. You may need to search the library, the Internet or the sea-shore. You may need to perform experiments to test out your ideas and make careful notes of what you find. Can you construct a clear explanation of what you have found out? - does this lead you to make predictions about how other things might work? - does it make you think of other things you could test?
 

What kinds of people are detectives?
Police-detectives, forensic scientists, doctors (trying to detect your illness),scientific researchers, collectors (searching for a rare stamp or book).

                                                                      

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