Defining research processes


While professors hope for critically argued and well-referenced research projects from their students, the results are generally disappointing, leading to a lowering of requirements. Disciplines do add nuances to the various research processes, but there is a common core involving use of a question or hypothesis, acquisition and use of information, and a ‘quest.’ In working with information (that which informs) and doing research, students need the following capabilities: An understanding of today’s world of information, the ability to identify problems and acquire the information to solve them, significant technological knowledge, and critical thinking and evaluation abilities. These capabilities are ...

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