Have Students Write
throughout the Research Process
- First, have them
write what they know about a topic.
- Then, have them
determine their questions about the topic, to narrow their research.
- Pace them with
deadlines to ensure that they are constantly developing their ideas
and dialoguing with others.
- Help them focus
and develop a question appropriate to the paper length.
- Have them continue
writing as they gather sources, integrating sources into their own thinking.
- Ask them to present
pieces of research throughout the semester.
- Ask students to
write a retrospective outline and turn it in with the draft.
outline will help you respond to the draft and remind you of the
work during conferencing
Associational Logic of the Web
- Many students now
begin their research on the web. Create exercises in which students
are asked to reflect upon the associational logic of web inquiry.
do links fit together? Are they logically or randomly connected? What
is the difference between a journal that happens to be available electronically,
through Rutgers' subscription, and a website? Have students learn
the referee and submission process of a journal in your field, and
summarize the difference between published scholarship and websites.
- The research information
summary is designed to assess a student's ability to undertake a major
- Students who cannot
adequately summarize research materials obviously are not prepared to
research and write a traditional research paper.
- This assignment
also lends itself to peer review and response.
- Use technology
in the classroom to model your search for sources in the appropriate
database for your discipline.
- Help students understand
how to brainstorm keywords and develop questions while reading sources.
- Ensure that students
understand research as a dialogic process between finding/reading sources
and writing, rather than rigid sequential stages (gathering sources,
taking notes on index cards, then writing).
- Have students develop
new questions that arose from their writing, and return to the database.
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