1 Sources For Reading

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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
  • 1 Sources For Reading

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

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