ERIC Number: ED216381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Creative Research: Getting Students to Take Charge.
Bisson, Lillian M.
Far too many students handle a research assignment through the tear and glue approach, a wholesale--though usually not quite so literal--copying of materials from books followed by a heavy handed plastering of the foreign material into their papers. Their papers are foredoomed to mediocrity or worse. By overstressing the dichotomy between critical and creative writing, teachers have overlooked the creative dimension of doing research. Overcoming students' feelings that their experiences cannot possibly yield insights valuable enough to write about is an essential step toward having them take a more active command of their material. The following techniques can help students see themselves as creative researchers putting information together in new ways for specific purposes and audiences: (1) introducing students to media models that combine personal voice and experience with secondary sources; (2) asking students to take stock of their prior knowledge on a subject and incorporate their personal experiences into their research papers; (3) heightening their awareness of the malleability of facts by designing exercises to show that the same facts can support different, even opposing, points; (4) encouraging them to use interviews as a source of information; and (5) having them cope consciously with their audience. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Research Papers (Students)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (33rd, San Francisco, CA, March 18-20, 1982).