ERIC Number: ED238004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Informational Structure of Disciplines: An Approach to Teaching Research.
Current approaches to the research paper rarely emphasize more than secondary research in library collections and data bases. Instructors can help students expand their range of possible information sources by posing three questions: Who is likely to know about this? From where does information on this subject come? and, Who pays for this information? Such an approach distinguishes between knowledge of "data" or discrete facts, and knowledge of "danda," the structure into which facts fit and by which they can be interpreted. It also recognizes that people and organizations, not books or articles, are the ultimate sources of information. As the first step in data gathering, students should consult experts in the field or information offices of professional organizations. These sources can provide information about the field's structure of debate and also help to identify major articles or publications on the issue. Sources of funding are also important because information often can be traced and accessed through its funding source. An awareness of the structural organization of a discipline can also direct students to many print sources that are guides to people and organizations in the structure. This approach to research is intended not to replace but to supplement the traditional bibliographic approach, enabling students to gain rapid access to more current information and to learn structural information that will help them interpret the data they collect. (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 Wyoming Conference on Freshman and Sophomore English (Laramie, WY, June 27-July 1, 1983).