Just-in-Time Research Skills

25 11 2014
collaborationI find the best method for teaching research skills to students is via collaboration with your faculty.
I believe students learn best when given “just-in-time” research skills instruction, not “just-in-case” instruction.
For instance:
  • Teach them to use your health database when they come in for health research.
  • Teach them to evaluate websites as a formative assignment with your World Cultures teachers.
  • Show them how to cite as they write as soon as they begin collecting resources by showing them how to use the EasyBib add-on in Google Docs.
I use a short “Content Area Research Rubric” that I share with my content area faculty (not the English teachers, but everyone else uses it). I also have a Research LibGuide set up that everyone uses: http://srhs.sau17.libguides.com/research (my rubrics are there, too.) I try to make sure that all parts of the research process are covered by a variety of classes and that students hear a consistent message coming from across the disciplines.collaboration
I occasionally remind all of our faculty (through staff meeting presentations, PLC collaboration, or one-on-one discussions) about the Common Core Anchor Standards that address Research literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects:
Research to Build and Present Knowledge:
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.