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Nurturing Our Students’ Research Skills

ED News Daily
November 17, 2014
Written by Susan Lowman-Thomas, faculty member, School of Arts and Humanities at American Public University
Cultivating curiosity is a great way to improve research skills. If students approach the world with interest, a sense of wonder, and a strong drive to learn more, they will be better researchers. They will see that, the more they learn, the more they realize how much they have yet to learn. Luckily, many of our students are lifelong learners. Being a lifelong learner means that the research process will be energized and sustainable.

Exploring a passion or interest jump starts students into the research process. Students who start their research by looking into topics in which they already have an interest (not necessarily a wide body of knowledge) are at an advantage. They already want to know more and are then researching because of desire, not just duty. Listing topics they like, mind- mapping, and brainstorming can help students find out what they might want to research. Forums are fine tools to help students collectively brainstorm on potential topics.

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