Chapter 5

The challenges of the first research paper: Observing students and the teacher in the secondary school classroom

Heidi Hongisto and Eero Sormunen

Assignments requiring independent information seeking and knowledge construction are common in schools today. The student is expected to select a topic of interest or focus on a given topic, search for information through different information channels, use information sources found and create a report or a presentation. In addition to learning about the topic, self-governed work on the assignment is seen as an approach to developing skills and practices related to information seeking, information use and independent learning, even though this is not always explicitly stated (Limberg 1999 ...

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