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ERIC Number: ED408587
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 8
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Researching the Internet in a Writing Class: A Writing Teacher's Role and a Computer Specialist's Role.
Anstendig, Linda; Meyer, Jeanine
An Internet research project was undertaken by a class of college honors students to see how effectively the Internet could be used for genuine research purposes. The class consisted of 16 students, a mix of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, enrolled in an advanced writing course whose focus was different forms of research: I-Search, ethnography, case study, Internet, and a combination of approaches. Students examined some of the resources available and analyzed these sources according to criteria developed together with their instructor. They prepared reports on their findings in the form of a Web, or Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) document, then wrote summaries describing their research process and evaluating their accomplishments. The project was completed in the middle of a semester, over a period of 3 weeks in 5 class periods. Students first completed a questionnaire about their familiarity with computers and the Internet, then were paired up and asked to choose three topics to research. After students completed documents presenting their findings, a class home page was created. Student response was positive. Because in this type of project students are challenged to think about the process as well as the product of their research, opportunities for intellectual growth abound. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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