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ERIC Number: EJ1177726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1531-2542
False Starts and Breakthroughs: Senior Thesis Research as a Critical Learning Process
Schaus, Margaret; Snyder, Terry
portal: Libraries and the Academy, v18 n2 p251-264 Apr 2018
Every senior at Haverford College writes a thesis or its equivalent, conducting independent research with guidance from faculty and librarians. Students critically engage in investigative work in archives, field studies, and labs. In this article, librarians explore the way anthropology and history thesis writers do research to define paths toward success. They examine how students use theory, interpret primary sources, and develop arguments. Evidence comes from both students and faculty. Librarians identify challenges for students, including authorial agency and reluctance to question primary sources. This research has led to changes in library instruction and in faculty course planning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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