The Focus Question is the point of truth for your entire PAT. A concise Focus Question will allow you to maintain focus and keep your project on track at all times. If at any time, you are doing something which does not directly contribute to answering your Focus Questions, you are off-track. In Grade 10 the Focus Question is given to you, in Grade 11 part of the Focus Question is given to you, but in Grade 12 you must compose your own Focus Question.
“Produce a single, clear, researchable focus question that will guide you through the task”. “To manage and complete the task, you must have a clear focus.”PAT Learner Guide 2020
Considering the issue/opportunity you have chosen and the requirements of the PAT, you need to set the focus for your investigation. To do this, you must set/ask ONE question (the focus question), which must clearly reflect what the main focus of your investigation will be. The ‘answer(s)’ to this question form(s) the ‘solution’ to the problem that will be reflected in your final report. This question should be added under the heading Focus Question (added in the previous section) and needs to be:
- A single sentence (not two questions or a paragraph)
- Clearly phrased, concise and researchable and must describe exactly the focus of the investigation within the broader issue/opportunity
- Clearly relevant to/be the focus point of the chosen issue/opportunity”
Next step: Task Definition
The next page lists examples per grade for 2021…