Questions for the Write Around Text on Text Workshop with Independent School Faculty, June 2014

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  • 1. How do you define research?
  • 2. How do your students define research?
  • 3. What skills or processes do your students struggle with when doing guided or independent research projects?
  • 4. What skills or processes do your students do well when doing guided or independent research projects?
  • 5. What research tools do your students use most? How does that compare to the results of this survey from the Pew Research Center study of November 2012?
  • 6. How would you rate/assess your students’ abilities in these skills? Which of these skills do you feel are most important for students to learn?
  • 7. How do your students evaluate sources of information? How do they learn to do so?
  • 8. What are the challenges or obstacles you face in teaching/facilitating research projects?
  • 9. How do these results compare to the way research instruction/strategies look in your school/grade level?
  • 10. Who do you work with when planning, implementing, and assessing research projects?
  • 11. What kinds of requirements do you typically include in a research project?
  • 12. What qualities/ elements are needed for an effective, meaningful research assignment?
  • 13. Which of these do you feel frustrates your students the most when they do research? "Finding Context: What Today's College Student Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age," Alison J. Head and Michael B. Eisenberg, Project Information Literacy Progress Report, University of Washington's Information School, February 4, 2009 (18 pages, PDF, 864 KB).
  • 14. "Learning the Ropes: How Freshmen Conduct Course Research Once They Enter College," Alison J. Head, Project Information Literacy Research Report, December 4, 2013. (Two different versions available: Text with appendices, 48 pages, 6.2 MB or text without appendices, 35 pages, 5.8MB). Which of these skills do you think your students find difficult? Which of these skills do you feel are moderately easy for your students?
  • 15. What problems have you encountered with independent research projects? What successes have you experienced with independent research projects?
  • 16. Do students work together in pairs or small groups during their research experience? If so, how? If not, why?