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ERIC Number: EJ888891
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Research Is Elementary: How "Blue's Clues" Can Help Teach Communication Research Methods
Gesler, David
Communication Teacher, v21 n4 p118-122 Oct 2007
Long before the first day of class, students have preconceived notions about what a communication research methods class will consist of: mathematics, incomprehensible topics, boring content, and overall agony. These notions automatically make a research methods instructors' job quite difficult (Denham, 1997). Not only do they have to explain methodological concepts in ways that are clear and understandable, but also they have to overcome students' aforementioned fears and negative attitudes toward the course. A creative and engaging way within the first 2 weeks of class to both explain complicated concepts and to ease fears and negative attitudes toward the course, as well as to show students that the research process is actually a non-threatening process, is to show an episode of "Blue's Clues" to illustrate the six characteristics of research. First, this activity aims to make research fun and reduce communication students' anxiety concerning the research methods class. Second, this activity is to create a vivid illustration of the basic characteristics of the research process, and to illustrate that the research process is non-threatening and should be thought of as a process that can be done by students. Third, this activity is to help students realize research methods are not "math," nor are they limited to statistical analyses. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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