Teaching Critical Literacy and Effective Research Skills
Overview and Purpose
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Many students and even teachers don't have adequate research skills for success in school and life after school. Students are not getting the preparation needed to evaluate scholarly articles or how to effectively read them, causing many students to feel overwhelmed reading scholarly articles. Students are also not learning what constitutes a scholarly peer-reviewed article as opposed to a news or opinion based article. This puts them at a disadvantage for future research that may be needed in college and for certain jobs.
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- The participant can effectively analyze scientific articles.
- The participant can decipher scholarly peer-reviewed research from opinion based news articles.
- The participant will gain an understanding of digital literacies and the confidence to introduce lessons that involve scientific research.
This mini-course includes the following units. Click the title of a unit to go to its page.
Why Do People Complete Research?
- Describe the major aspects of research.
- Describe different types of research and the purpose of each.
What are scholarly articles and how do you read them?
- Compare and contrast scholarly articles with news/magazine articles.
- Different articles can serve different purposes, so consider where each type may be applicable.
- Pick an article and point out the major majors sections highlighted in the reading.
What types of digital sources are available and how can you use them?
- List the types of digital media that can be used for research.
- Describe how you can find different types of online sources.
- Describe how to determine the validity of online sources.
- Find and analyze online/digital sources and make connections between them.
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