ERIC Number: ED331064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul-20
Reference Count: N/A
A Way To Break Down Writing Research Papers into Steps That Emphasize the Discovery Aspect of Research. Personally Attempted Instructional Innovation.
A seven-step process helps students writing research papers distinguish between what they already know before they do any research and what they find out, and also avoids cut-and-paste, redeye, and plagiarized research papers. Students first narrate the story of the research process (which will be the structural spine of the paper) and then go through a brainstorming and class response process to choose topics, the seven steps to write the paper, which are as follows: students (1) write a description of everything they know about the topic already; (2) develop questions based on the difference between what they know and what they want to know; (3) make lists of possible ways (resources) to shed light on these questions; (4) investigate these resources until they find out something they didn't know before; (5) write a first draft and share it with teacher and class; (6) write another draft, integrating teacher recommendations; (7) write final drafts, including evaluative conclusions instead of just summaries, as well as footnotes and citations. This process spans the entire semester, happening concurrently with other assignments. (SR)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Vista College CA
Note: Paper presented at the Intersegmental Faculty Seminar of the California Association of Community Colleges (Bass Lake, CA, July 20, 1990).