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Write a research paper on one of the topics listed below. Your paper should be 2,000 words and include cover page and table of contents, an introduction, body and conclusion. Use at least three sources of information, both print and electronic, and include at least three quotations with correct citations and a bibliography. Your paper should include two points of view on your subject with evidence to support both viewpoints.


Gays in the Military Abortion
Drug Abuse Cloning
The Vietnam War Capital Punishment
Gun Control AIDS
Sexual Harassment Homelessness
Environment Eating Disorders

Figure 1. A Typical Research Assignment     [ Back to Article]

 

Stages Task Initiation Topic Selection Prefocus Exploration Focus Formulation Information Collection Search Closure Starting
Writing
Feelings uncertainty optimism confusion, frustration, doubt clarity sense of direction/
confidence
relief satisfaction/
dissatisfaction
Thoughts ambiguity---------------------------->specificity
increased interest----------------->
Actions seeking relevant information----------------------------->seeking pertinent information

Figure 2. Kuhlthau Model of the Information Search Process (ISP)     [ Back to Article]

 

Write a paper of 2,000 words that tells the story of your investigation of a question or problem you are curious about. You will collect information from books and electronic sources that will help you focus your topic and you will collect data through interviews, questionnaires or content analysis that will be displayed and analyzed as evidence. The following questions will help you become authentic researchers:

  1. What is research and how is it different from reporting?
  2. What is a researchable question?
  3. How do I do prepare a proposal for my research?
  4. How can do we evaluate our own success as authentic researchers?
  5. Where do I get information?
  6. How do I get data from a primary source?
  7. How do I display and analyze data?
  8. How do I present my paper using a style sheet?
  9. How do we edit and revise our papers using the writing process?
  10. How can we evaluate the success of this teaching unit as authentic researchers?
The written work that you will submit in an appendix to your written paper will include:
  1. Proposal
  2. A journal documenting your progress
  3. Your notes from information gathering
  4. Your notes, tapes or videos from data collection
  5. A rough draft of your paper

Figure 3. An Authentic Research Assignment    [ Back to Article]

 

 


Disagree----------------------Agree
1. Timelines were reasonable. 1
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2. Instructions were clear. 1
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3. Library resources were adequate. 1
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4. Grading system was fair. 1
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5. Bibliography Charts were helpful. 1
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6. Key word list was helpful. 1
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7. Writing proposals was helpful 1
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8. Forming a research question was helpful. 1
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9. I felt well prepared to search for information. 1
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10. I could get help when I needed it. 1
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11. I liked using at least one primary method of data collection. 1
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12. I liked using at least one method of analysis 1
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What do you think?
13. What were the best aspects of this project?
14. What would you change?
15. What was the most difficult task you had? Why was it difficult?
16. How was this research assignment different from the way you have done research in the past?
17. What did you learn that will help you do your Extended Essay next year?
18. Do you think it was worth the class time allotted? Why?
OTHER COMMENTS

Figure 4. Student Questionnaire    [ Back to Article]

 

 

Research Questions Data Collection Methods
How did students judge the unit? How would they change it? a. Questionnaire administered by the librarian at the end of the unit (see figure 4).
b. Observations of student behavior, comments during unit.
How did teachers judge the unit? How would they change it? a. Content analysis of students' papers: teachers graded for content/form and librarian graded appendices.
b. Observations and questionnaire results were shared in a meeting attended by English teachers of Grade 10, librarian, and principal.

Table 1. The Teachers' Plan for Action Research     [ Back to Article]

 

Q uestionnaire Items 1 2 3 4 5 NR* % Disagree % Agree

Disagree ------------------ Agree
1. Timelines 4 11 24 21 4 1 37 63
2. Instructions 2 9 17 25 12 0 23 77
3. Library resources 5 7 17 25 11 0 25 75
4. Grading system 1 2 23 25 2 12 10 90
5. Bibliography Charts 4 8 11 21 21 0 22 78
6.Key Words 9 10 23 15 6 2 48 52
7. Proposals 5 7 23 21 9 0 29 71
8. Research question 3 1 11 30 20 0 7 93
9. Information search 2 17 12 29 4 1 37 63
10. Help 2 2 17 23 21 0 8 92
11. Data collection 3 10 27 21 4 0 34 66
12. Analysis 3 12 20 28 2 0 33 67

N=65 for ratings 1-5
N varies for each item in calculating percentage for disagree/agree since responses for ratings 1 and 2 and responses for 4 and 5 comprise N.
*NR= No response


Table 2. Summary of Data    [ Back to Article]

 

Criteria for Content 3–4 points 0–2 points
( % ) ( % )
1. Introduction 73 27
2. Main analysis 70 30
3. Supporting evidence 65 35
4. Conclusion 63 37
Criteria for Form
5. Organization 73 27
6. Use of language 61 39
3 points 2 points 1
point
( % ) ( % ) ( % )
7. Reference and layout 25 34 41
8. Mechanics of language 34 37 29

Table 3. Breakdown of Grades by Assessment Criteria     [ Back to Article]