ERIC Number: EJ1119197
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Assessing the Scope and Feasibility of First-Year Students' Research Paper Topics
Rinto, Erin; Bowles-Terry, Melissa; Santos, Ariel J.
College & Research Libraries, v77 n6 p749-764 Nov 2016
This study applied a content analysis methodology in two ways to evaluate first-year students' research topics: a rubric to examine proposed topics in terms of scope, development, and the "researchability" of the topic, as well as textual analysis, using ATLAS.ti, to provide an overview of the types of subjects students select for a persuasive research essay. Results indicated that students struggle with defining an appropriate and feasible focus for their topics and that they often select topics related to education, health, and the environment. These findings were used to implement a new information literacy instruction model that better supports student topic development.
Descriptors: Feasibility Studies, Research Projects, Research Proposals, Student Research, College Freshmen, Content Analysis, Essays, Research Skills, Scoring Rubrics, Thematic Approach, Scoring Formulas, Concept Formation, Research Design, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Nevada (Las Vegas)
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