ERIC Number: ED385276
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
A Library Based Apprenticeship in Psychology Research.
Ross, Linda; Carter, Elizabeth W.
A collaboration to develop materials that will foster critical thinking and communication skills through library-based research is described and presented. Library activities were designed to promote the use of cognitive skills, such as analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. This was a pilot study designed to expose undergraduate students to one facet of research in psychology: designing a research proposal. The students were enrolled in a psychology course designed for nonpsychology majors. The primary purpose of the course was to enable students to become better consumers and communicators of social science. Students were introduced to the library as a research tool through a series of structured activities in a workbook developed for the course. The workbook, "Individual Behavior: A Workbook and Journal," provides practice and instruction for each step in the process of developing a research proposal. As each new step in the research process was addressed, students were introduced to the concept the assignment covered and to the resources required to complete the activity. Students presented and defended a project to the class. Ethics and contribution to science was discussed for each proposal. On the final day of class, students completed a 10-item evaluation form. Results indicate that students increased their knowledge of library usage and became more skillful at library-based research. A figure illustrates library activities performed for a research proposal and a table summarizes student evaluation of the library activities. A copy of the workbook is provided. (Author/MAS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Citadel Military Coll. of South Carolina, Charleston.