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ERIC Number: ED128280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Helping Students Do Research: How to Do a Survey in a Behavioral Science Course.
Bunker, Barbara Benedict; And Others
A three-week research project in a high-school behavioral science class is described. The design of the classroom sessions is described in detail to help other teachers use or adapt it to their own situation. Three benefits to the students of such a project are cited: (1) appreciation of methods behind research conclusions and heightened critical awareness as consumers of research findings, (2) involvement in a work experience which could become a career or some aspect of a career, and (3) shattering of the "egocentric fantasy" through empirical testing of their assumptions about reality. General issues about conducting the project are explored, including scheduling during the course, permissions for students to interact with groups within or outside the school, and evaluation. Project sessions occur during two or three weeks with five class periods a week of 45 minutes each. Steps which can be followed in organizing a research project are given. The focus of the first week is on establishing interest and rapport among student groups, choosing a topic, and developing hypotheses. Development of a survey, selection of a sample and the survey method, practice administration of the questionnaire, and actual administration and data collection occur during the second week. In the third week, students tabulate data, create summary matrices, draw conclusions, summarize and distribute results, and evaluate the project as a learning experience. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Books
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