ERIC Number: ED400272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
An Apprenticeship Approach to Inducting Novices into Research Practice.
Ertmer, Peggy; And Others
As part of a graduate research course, nine students formed a research team to carry out all aspects of a multimethod research study, including design, data collection and analysis, interpretation, and presentation of results in a final evaluation report to a local school corporation. Benefits and challenges were noted by both the instructor and students. The students benefited through increased communication and collaborative skills, increased awareness of the complexities and complications of real-world research, involvement in all aspects of the research process, and the opportunity to follow the research through to its completion. Their research mentor benefited through observation of the increasing sophistication of his students' research skills, the establishment of a working relationship with the school corporation, and the opportunities for joint presentations and publications with his students. Logistical challenges noted by both mentor and apprentices related to the size of the research group, the amount of data collected, and the need to coordinate researchers' and public school schedules. Suggestions are given for those interested in implementing a similar approach with their students. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure, and 18 references.) (Author)
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Cooperation, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Data Analysis, Data Collection, Educational Research, Experiential Learning, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Mentors, Research Design, Research Methodology, Theory Practice Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).