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ERIC Number: ED414596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 12
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Teaching Freshmen To Understand Research as a Process of Inquiry.
Tracey, Karen
Freshmen often approach research papers by selecting a "giant topic" and going to the library to confront swamps and mountains of resources. A different approach to teaching research is designed to help students begin to shift the often counter-productive paradigm under which they operate. The classroom strategy proposed is 3-fold. Rather than beginning from abstractions, students begin with specific texts about which they generate questions, from which more questions develop and more substantial research projects emerge. If students begin with questions rather than with topics, then they may begin to emulate research as it is truly undertaken by people who use it for their own purposes. Students are asked to read and respond to texts by asking questions about those texts. Questions may be about the literature, the author, the history or culture surrounding the text, or the history or culture surrounding the readers of the text. Students then give a brief 5-part report from one of the questions. From this grows the final part of the process, the research paper itself. With this method, students approach the more substantial and complex research project with better focused ideas and questions and more confidence in their research abilities. (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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