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ERIC Number: ED236701
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 2
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Investigating Birthdays: A Library Research Project.
Flavin, Louise
Exercise Exchange, v27 n1 p26 Fall 1982
An approach to using a student's own birthday as the basis of a library research project for college and high school students is described in this brief article. AUTHOR'S COMMENT (excerpt): I found my students became very excited about a topic that introduced them to the library while exciting their curiosity and interest: to investigate events that occurred on the day they were born. Students begin by reading the "New York Times" the day of and following their birthdays. They isolate three or four news items that interest them, and are ready to begin research. After checking leads in periodical indexes, the card catalog, almanacs, and biographies, students limit themselves to a single topic. Their introduction to the library and its resources becomes a systematic process of discovery. This assignment met several objectives. Students learned to use a variety of resources from the library, following a systematic course of investigation. They learned to limit a topic from materials gathered and to formulate a thesis. They learned about a time in their past lives that is meaningful to the present. But, most importantly, this project satisfed my desire of having a research project that is both relevant and interesting to my students. (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A