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ERIC Number: ED350036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: 0
Shooting Research from the H.I.P.P.S. and Making a Killing for Ourselves.
Rapp, Adrian; Dodgen, Lynda
Utilizing the HIPPS (Hypothesis, Involvement, Participation, Practice, and Sharing) method in community college social science courses provides students with the opportunity to develop research, critical thinking, and writing skills. The HIPPS method includes the following stages: (1) Hypothesis Formation by Students, in which the professor poses a problem and assigns students to groups of approximately six individuals who seek out background information, and form distinct, but interrelated hypotheses; (2) Involvement of Students in Gathering Data, in which students explore methods of data collection, such as the composition, distribution, and utilization of questionnaires, and the use of sampling; (3) Participation of Students in Table Formation and Data Analysis, in which the student groups meet with the instructor for more focused and personalized lessons in data analysis and data table construction; (4) Practical Practice in Writing Summaries, Conclusions, and Reports, in which students write what they consider to be appropriate interpretations of their data; and (5) Sharing Information with the Class, in which each group presents findings to the class after the instructor has consolidated all of the reports. Secondary benefits of the HIPPS approach include students' developing a sense of community, and instructors' receiving valuable assistance in conducting their research. Sample class handouts and assignments on retrieving and interpreting articles from professional journals, types of sampling, questionnaires, table construction, and measures of central tendency, are provided. (MAB)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Cooperation, Critical Thinking, Instructional Materials, Research Assistants, Research Methodology, Research Skills, Research Tools, Resource Materials, Social Science Research, Sociology, Student Participation, Student Research, Teaching Methods, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Writing (Composition), Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: HIPPS Method; North Harris College TX
Note: Paper presented at the Annual International Conference of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development on Teaching Excellence and Conference of Administrators (14th, Austin, TX, May 24-27, 1992).