ERIC Number: ED340026
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Mar
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Collaboration in the Classroom: Teaching the We-Search Paper.
Jobe, Linda G.
Teachers who are looking for new ways to approach the research paper, and to use cooperative learning in the classroom, can employ the "we-search" paper--a combination of cooperative/collaborative learning and Ken Macrorie's (1988) "I-search" paper. To get started, teachers should: (1) introduce the project and explain its collaborative nature; (2) devise brainstorming techniques for finding a topic; (3) match students by topic choices; (4) provide class time for group meetings; (5) provide a schedule of deadlines for source lists, notes, outlines, rough drafts, and final drafts; (6) discuss the importance of equitable division of labor; and (7) provide evaluation forms so that students can evaluate themselves and the project as a whole. In carrying out the project, instructors may find that some students may not do their share of the work, or that some may disagree on the approach. To counter these problems, teachers can schedule periodic conferences and require weekly reports of individual work. The we-search paper teaches students to work with and learn from others. In addition, teachers have fewer papers to grade, and these papers are of a higher quality. Finally, the we-search method frees up time so that the teacher can help students with deeper research problems and issues. Two appendixes (including a research interests survey form and a sample group evaluation form) and a 32-item suggested readings list are attached. (PRA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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