Teaching Research Processes

Teaching Research Processes

The Faculty Role in the Development of Skilled Student Researchers

1st Edition - February 29, 2012

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  • Author: William Badke
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633053

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Information literacy may be defined as the ability to identify a research problem, decide the kinds of information needed to tackle it, find the information efficiently, evaluate the information, and apply it to the problem at hand. Teaching Research Processes suggests a novel way in which information literacy can come within the remit of teaching faculty, supported by librarians, and reconceived as ‘research processes’. The aim is to transform education from what some see as a primarily one-way knowledge communication practice, to an interactive practice involving the core research tasks of subject disciplines.This title is structured into nine chapters, covering: Defining research processes; Research ability inadequacies in higher education; Research processes and faculty understanding; Current initiatives in research processes; The role of disciplinary thinking in research processes; Research processes in the classroom; Tentative case studies in disciplinary research process instruction; Research processes transforming education; and Resourcing the enterprise. The book concludes by encouraging the reader to implement the teaching of research processes.

Key Features

  • Engages the domain of teaching faculty rather than librarians only
  • Analyzes the reasons why the research processes concept represents a gap in academia
  • Focuses on research ability as a process that can be taught within disciplines


University professors, academic administrators, academic librarians, and students in library and Information Studies programs

Table of Contents

  • Preface: my journey into research processes


    About the author

    Chapter 1: Defining research processes


    Average faculty expectations

    Common definitions

    The capabilities actually required by students

    Keeping the goal consistent with higher education’s mission

    What are we looking for?

    The idea of research processes

    Chapter 2: Research ability inadequacies in higher education


    Where the problem starts

    University students and information skills - an overview

    Information literacy of senior undergraduate/graduate students

    The information literacy of faculty members

    The bottom line: information illiteracy in academia

    Chapter 3: Research processes and faculty understanding


    The understanding gap

    The university administration gap

    The silo problem

    The perpetuated experience (osmosis) gap

    Faulty assumptions about students and technology

    Faculty culture

    Faculty perception of librarians

    The hesitation of accrediting bodies



    Chapter 4: Current initiatives in research processes


    Development of standards among academic librarians

    Remedial instruction

    Credit-based courses

    Instruction through the curriculum

    The essential failure of all such initiatives

    Chapter 5: The role of disciplinary thinking in research processes


    The development of scholarly ability within a discipline – content and process

    Learning about versus doing

    The difference between disciplinary experts and undergraduates

    The radical shift in thinking demanded for effective research processes instruction to university students

    Chapter 6: Research processes in the classroom


    Essential goals

    Congruence with active learning and constructivism

    Required thinking and process skills

    Required changes in teaching patterns

    The new classroom

    What about content?

    Chapter 7: Tentative case studies in disciplinary research process instruction


    The humanities

    The social sciences

    The sciences

    Professional programs


    Chapter 8: Research processes transforming education


    The educational task of the professor

    Departmental planning for teaching research processes

    University planning for teaching research processes

    Chapter 9: Resourcing the enterprise


    The question of priorities

    Realigning academic librarians

    Taking a grassroots approach

    Buy-in at the top

    What resources do we need?

    Chapter 10: Conclusion




Product details

  • No. of pages: 240
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2012
  • Published: February 29, 2012
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780633053

About the Author

William Badke

William B. Badke is Associate Librarian at Trinity Western University, Canada, with responsibility for information resources and research training at the Associated Canadian Theological Schools. He is author of numerous articles and the widely used textbook, Research Strategies: Finding your Way through the Information Fog, 4th ed. William also writes as an information literacy columnist for a trade magazine. He has taught research processes for 25 years.

Affiliations and Expertise

Trinity Western University, Canada

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