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Looking at types of knowledge, how we use knowledge, finding sources, and organising ideas

Looking at types of knowledge, how we use knowledge, finding sources, and organising ideas

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  • PowerPoint presentation Lecture 1 in a series of 5, to introduce students to sourcing reading, libraries etc Lecture should be followed by a workshop with tasks for students
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    • 1. Knowledge, reading and sources Study skills
    • 2. Types of knowledge
      • Your own experience –
        • experiential knowledge
      • Authoritative sources –
        • received knowledge
      Example: How much time do you spend on homework? Example: What has been discovered about how students do their homework?
    • 3. Problems with knowledge
      • experiential knowledge
        • haphazard, uncritical, unsystematic, uncontrolled
        • evidence that “fits”
        • causality
      • received knowledge
        • Can also be wrong
        • e.g. Skinner  Chomsky
        • e.g. “ Eskimo vocabulary ”
      mal aria
    • 4. Received knowledge
      • Literature of the topic 
        • review of the literature
      • Rationale; sense of purpose
      • Other views
      • Source of ideas
      • Understood & critically reflected
    • 5. Locating reading
      • course notes (NB course tutors may use ideas from other sources; don’t quote without checking whose idea it was)
      • already read
      • online resources
      • tutor / supervisor
    • 6. Abstracts & surveys
      • Bibliographies: British National Bibliography
      • Abstracts
      • Language teaching
      • English Language Teaching Journal (ELTJ) – also electronic
    • 7. Libraries & Internet
      • library facilities:
        • shelf reference e.g. grammar practice activities
        • journals
        • inter-library loans
      • computer / Internet / WWW
        • libraries online: EU / Nat Lib Scot
        • WebCT
        • Humanities hub
    • 8. Journals, databases and indexes
      • Journals have up-to-date research
      • Databases
        • Use your MyEd portal and go to the library pages to find quick links to many databases and other collections
    • 9. Databases
      • ERIC BIDS MIMAS EDINA
      • Digital dissertations (not full text)
      • ERA online http://www.era.lib.ed.ac.uk/index.jsp
        • Communities  Moray House  TESOL
      • LLBA (linguistics and language behaviour abstracts): go to the library page  databases  alphabetical
    • 10. Sources outside ELT/TESOL
      • Psychology
      • Sociology
      • Educational management
      • General education
    • 11. Recording information
      • RECORD ALL READING
      • AND OTHER SOURCES IN
      • A SYSTEMATIC WAY
      • Index cards
      • Computer database (“Reference Manager” / End-note”)
      • Computer - keep copies / back-ups
      • Full information (BS 1629 / Harvard)
    • 12. Tasks
      • write notes about yourself & your context
      • think about possible topics to find in journals
      • locate books and journals in the Moray House library
      • Look at the “learning to learn” website www.education.ed.ac.uk/on-line_campus/ltl/body.html