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:
- Encouraging students to get involved in research first-hand by doing primary research.
- Planning the course backwards so that writing assignments and activities can better support the research process.
- 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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