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ERIC Number: ED405025
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Mar
Pages: 15
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The Bigger Picture: Context in the Research Methods Course.
Schneider, Susan M.
Texts and courses related to research methods generally teach students essential research designs, data analysis techniques, and interpretation guidelines. However, students are less likely to learn how research techniques function holistically. To provide this holistic understanding, a classroom activity has been developed at St. Mary's College of Maryland that provides a context for research methods and promotes active learning and critical thinking. First, students are assigned two readings: a discussion of therapeutic touch in clinical psychology and a description of field research in comparative psychology. The instructor then leads a guided discussion of the texts, focusing on research-related topics illustrated by the readings, such as what determines the investigators' choice of topic area and initial research questions to address. Students are then expected to generate ideas and formulate operative definitions. Specific research designs and methodology are then discussed, providing students with an opportunity to generate research method topics and show how they apply to the text. By presenting biographical summaries of the authors and introducing unpredictable problems they experienced during research, the readings help students relate to the research efforts and to the idea of research. An evaluation of the course conducted with students enrolled in the fall 1995 section confirmed that the course readings and discussions helped students gain a new perspective on research. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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