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ERIC Number: ED344241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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The Research Paper: An Endangered Species?
Moore, Kimberley
Although many educators consider the teaching of the research paper in high schools old-fashioned, this aspect of the English curriculum remains important for helping students master inquiry and reasoning skills. If carefully presented, the research paper develops skills indispensable for today's complex, information-based society. A review of the current research suggests a number of elements which tend to lead to creative and thoughtful student papers. First, teachers must allow students the freedom to select their own topics. Second, the paper must have an argumentative edge featuring a thoughtful thesis, so that it is not a mere regurgitation of facts. Students must learn how to find a problem, develop an arguable thesis, discover researched support, and finally organize, analyze, and apply the material. Third, a successful research paper is a sequence of assignments allowing the teacher to intervene in one or more stages of the process. Students need sufficient time to think about and develop their arguments. Fourth, a teacher must foster a community of student researchers. Fifth, students should be shown how to generate valid questions regarding their topics. In short, research papers are valid written assignments when students are challenged to create something new with the uncovered knowledge. Students should be led through an escalating series of research experiments, pushing them to higher analytical skill levels with every exposure. (Nineteen references are attached.) (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Assignment Models; English Teachers