Team-Based Inquiry to Teach Research Skills

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While teaching an advanced undergraduate seminar, I was interested in taking a more collaborative approach to how students in my class were introduced to the the research process. I found that the key to their success was getting them to work together.

Here are some of the strategies I found helpful:

  1. Encouraging students to get involved in research first-hand by doing primary research.
  2. Planning the course backwards so that writing assignments and activities can better support the research process.
  3. Having students work in research groups that way they can share and reflect on the primary and secondary sources they collect.

Read more about this in my post on GradHacker.

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