The idea of conducting and teaching “research” can be intimidating for students and instructors alike. The goals of the FYS Common Research Experience are to show our students all the ways in which they are already conducting research, and how to use the techniques that they already know, as well as some new ones, to successfully complete research projects at the University level.
Research pervades our everyday lives, not just academic work. We conduct research every time we compare movie theatre prices and show times, or consider the political positions of presidential candidates, or comb through want ads to find a roommate or a car. We are all familiar with these situations, and the techniques needed to find the answers we seek. Our students will learn to apply the skills and knowledge that they already possess to the world of academic information.
In order to be successful researchers, students must be able to:
This guide contains techniques and resources to help you introduce your students to these objectives, and provide them with the foundations they will need to continue to grow as researchers throughout their time at WMU.
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