Coffee Club thoughts on PIL

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In no coherent manner here are some of the thoughts and ideas that jumped out at me:pil.jpg

How Handouts for Research Assignments Guide Today's College students:

  • How does or does not the assignment calculator provide a mechanism to "improve'" some parts of the problems with research handouts?
  • The average handout was 960 words or 3.84 pages
  • 6 out of 10 consulting the library's shelves (not those online)
  • 54% required students find their own topics--what tools can we develop that can help this?
  • "Economics professors, for example, define research entirely differently from civil engineering professors, anthropology professors or Shakespearean scholars." [how can we help student through this?]
  • 14% of handouts steered students toward starting off with a library database (JSTOR was most popular)
  • "Large majority of instructors we interviewed believed that students understood that plagiarism was unethical and should not be done, but not the finer details, especially as they related to the paper they were writing as part of their course work."
  • Based on their earlier work--they develop 4 "context needs of the undergraduate research process"
    • Big Picture
    • Language
    • Situational
    • Information Gathering
  • The handouts had higher levels of "situational" and less on "information gathering"
  • "Most students lack a seminal understanding about what conducting research means as a form of intellectual inquiry and discovery and the large majority of handouts we analyzed did not provide much context that would help."
  • Do efforts like the Library Faculty Seminar (http://sciweb.lib.umn.edu/facultyseminar2010) improve this?


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