Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Evaluating the Research Process

Evaluating the Research Process

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21st Century Literacies
AT&T and UCLA have developed a Website with individual lessons focusing on aspects of essential research skills including questioning, identifying/collecting, evaluating, sensemaking, reflecting/refining, using information and assessing the final product.

21st Century Information Fluency
The staff members at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, including UW-Stout online instructor
Dennis O’Connor, have developed free tools, games, and tutorials to help students effectively locate, use and evaluate digital information. Try the excellent “Getting Started” page for “mini lessons” on such topics as “Thinking Outside the Search Box.”

Rubrics to Evaluate Student Research Process Tasks
UW-Stout online instructor
Karen Franker has developed two ready-to-use rubrics for students and their instructors to effectively assess the major steps of the research process --planning, gathering, organizing, citing and presenting information.
Research Process Rubric – Elementary
Research Process Rubric – Middle School

Rubric for a Research Project
Joyce Valenza's rubric describes six key areas for efffective assessment of research projects at the senior high and college level -- thesis question/problem, information seeking, analysis, synthesis, documentation and product/process.

Tech Tip – Quick Page Zoom in Internet Explorer 7
Some Web pages contain images and text which are much too small to be easily viewed. Internet Explorer 7’s zoom feature provides a quick way to magnify pages for improved readability.

With your Web page open, look in the lower right hand corner of your screen. You will see a small magnifying glass with a + (plus) sign inside it and the word 100% next to it. If you click on the downward-pointing black triangle, you will get a menu of magnification percentage options. Select any above 100%, and your Web page text is instantly enlarged. You may also reduce the text size below 100% to see more of the page at once.

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Originally created by Karen Franker, Editor Infobytes Newsletter. Reposted with permission.

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