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ERIC Number: EJ944295
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Encouraging Student Research
Selwyn, Douglas
Social Education, v75 n5 p277-280 Oct 2011
The author wanted help in learning how to be more effective at supporting his students to learn how to conduct effective research so he interviewed several historians, artists, and educators about the ways in which they carry out their research, and how those researchers who are currently in classrooms help their students to learn and develop these skills. All were clear that they had no magic formula that could be followed by others, but there was significant agreement in what the researchers shared: (1) The research experience is most likely to be successful if the researcher cares about the topic, if the research matters to him or her; (2) Research takes time. It is imperative that researchers have adequate time to carry out the several steps of the research process; (3) The process of pursuing a research question frequently takes researchers beyond the boundaries of any one discipline; (4) Listening may be "the" key skill in conducting research. This means listening to oneself, first, and then being able to listen to others as the research process unfolds; (5) The best research leads to an authentic consequence for the researcher, and for others; and (6) There are many ways of communicating research findings, and the researcher can choose the most effective means of sharing what they have found, based on what they want to communicate, to whom, and for what purpose. In this article, the author briefly discusses each of these points, bringing the thoughts and experiences of his consultants to the conversation whenever possible.
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Language: English
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