Does a course weblog help students feel connected?
Is group work helping first year math students?
Are employers satisfied with graduates of our program?
Carnegie Steps: Step 1 Step What this means How do you do it? Adequate Preparation Literature review (25%)
Talk to librarians
SOTL journals http ://www.cjsotl-rcacea.ca/
Gather information and keep it organized: Refworks, Cite-u-like
Step 2: Clear Goals Step What this means How do you do it? Clear Goals Develop research question/s
What are you curious about?
What has been done? (lit review)
What does your experience tell you?
Step 3: Appropriate Methods Step What this means How do you do it? Appropriate methods Is your research question a how or what question? What will be the process for learning more about your research question/s? How can you realistically gather the data (depending on time, availability of participants, etc). How will you systematically analyse your data, and is it appropriate given the methods used? Use or modify what is already out there (surveys questionnaires, interview questions) Identify ‘good’ research and try and do what they did. Get opinions from other researchers.
Analysis and discussion of what has been investigated
Finding flaws in own research
need to investigate further if larger than thought
reflective critique of conducting the research
Step 5: Reflective Critique Step What this means How do you do it? Reflective Critique So what? Reflect on the results but also the process.
Step 6: Effective Presentation Step What this means How do you do it? Effective presentation Share with the world Use the various communication channels: reports, publication (formal and informal), presentations
We believe the time has come to move beyond the tired old "teaching versus research" debate and give the familiar and honorable term "scholarship" a broader, more capacious meaning, one that brings legitimacy to the full scope of academic work. Surely, scholarship means engaging in original research. But the work of the scholar also means stepping back from one's investigation, looking for connections, building bridges between theory and practice, and communicating one's knowledge effectively to students.