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ERIC Number: ED332851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 15
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Teaching Research Methods through Writing.
Marlow, Christine
Addressing the negative attitudes of social work students toward research, this paper describes a model for teaching research methods. The model, developed in the setting of a rural social work program, emphasizes participatory experience, "learning through writing." The method is based on the assumption that writing facilitates learning. The major assignment for students in the research class was to complete a proposal for a program evaluation, suitable for inclusion in a program proposal grant application. Students were taught the writing principles of audience identification, microthemes, evaluation criteria, and peer evaluation. Students completed ten microthemes, short essays typed on a five by eight inch note card. The microthemes addressed a specific research concept presented in class, and were combined to constitute the main body of the proposal. At the beginning of the semester, students were given the criteria that would be used to evaluate the final paper. In the research class, students exchanged drafts of their papers and critiqued the papers using evaluation guidelines. A survey administered at the end of the semester to the social work students (N=34) found 79% of the students indicating the mini assignments "very useful," and 62% indicating they would be interested in enrolling in further research or statistics courses. In addition, instructors had fewer complaints about grades and received better teaching evaluations. This paper contains 22 references. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Microthemes