ERIC Number: ED254220
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Composition Students On-Line: Database Searching in the Undergraduate Research Paper Course. Microcomputing Working Paper Series 94-F2.
Kollmeier, Harold H.; Staudt, Kathleen Henderson
A freshman humanities course in reading and research was used by three English instructors to investigate the appropriateness of having students use an online database as a research tool. The results show that the acquisition of basic online database search skills is not qualitatively different from that of more traditional research skills. Learning the use of a database can also teach students to think more clearly about narrowing and refining their research topics and to see their subjects in relation to broader and more varied scholarly contexts. Student responses were varied, and several students said that database searching was their first computer experience. The most important pedagogical finding and the source of most positive reactions was that searching provides an efficient way, through the conference at the terminal, for teachers to watch students progress in the development and refining process. Most negative reactions resulted directly from the unavailability of databases in specific subject areas, particularly in the humanities. Expansion of the project with full university support is planned. Six reference notes are included. (LMM)
Descriptors: College English, College Freshmen, Databases, Higher Education, Humanities, Microcomputers, Online Searching, Research Papers (Students), Research Skills, Research Tools, Search Strategies, Student Research, Writing Instruction
Working Paper Series, Microcomputing Program, Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Drexel University, 32nd and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Drexel Univ., Philadelphia, PA. Microcomputing Program.
Identifiers: Drexel University PA; Freshman Composition