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Introduction to Secondary Research Methods (Flexible Schedule)

This comprehensive introduction to the secondary research process will have your Outschooler reading scholarly articles and writing literature reviews in no time!
Céilidhe Waugh
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Over 11 weeks
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How does aFlexible Schedulecourse work?

No scheduled live video chats
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great if your learner prefers independent pacing or is uncomfortable with live video chat

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Class Experience

Students will learn the following:
 -the importance of fact-checking information and sources
 -how to conduct fact-checking
 -how to find scholarly sources
 -how to evaluate scholarly sources for reliability and relevance
 -how to develop a research question
 -the importance and practice of metacognition
 -how to write an annotated bibliography
 -how to cite sources correctly
 -which presenting pitfalls to avoid when sharing research results
 -the definition of a logical fallacy
 -how and why to avoid logical fallacies
 -the definition and importance of lenses, perspectives, and stakeholders in the context of research
 -the definition of an argument
 -the structure of a scholarly argument
 -how to identify line of reasoning
 -how to present an argument in writing 
I am a certified AP Seminar teacher. 
Sometimes learners will be asked to complete tasks in their own time. I will assign readings (no more than 25 pages at a time), ask learners to find and share sources, and complete written tasks over the course of the semester. Flex students will participate in asynchronous activities with one another and the teacher by using Google Jamboard and Flipgrid. Homework should take no more than 2-3 hours per week. 
Instructional videos will be provided each week, as well as links to all materials and activities. Additionally, students may wish to obtain copies of The Bedford Researcher, 6th ed., The Bedford Guide for College Writers, 11th ed., and Research and Documentation in a Digital Age, 6th ed., although they are not required texts. Students will be asked to use the external resources listed under Materials throughout the course of the class, however only Flipgrid requires them to register for an account.
All assessment is informal. I will not be assigning grades, however I will provide individual guidance in the form of written and/or oral feedback on a weekly basis. Students are also encouraged to complete periodic self-assessments.  
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
Students are free to pursue topics of their own choosing in this class whenever possible, they are also encouraged to find their own sources as much as possible. Their particular areas of interest will determine some of the material that they encounter in this class. I always remind my students that anything they bring to class should be suitable for an academic environment, and I encourage them to consider their classmates' well-being at all times. 
Over the course of the semester, we will refer to the following sources:
The Bedford Researcher, 6th ed. 
The Bedford Guide for College Writers, 11th ed. 
Research and Documentation in a Digital Age, 6th ed.
YouTube (The Worst Presentation Ever)

Students will be asked to use Google Scholar, Wikipedia, and the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue to find and correctly cite sources. They will also have the opportunity to use the U Michigan Research Question Generator to help practice developing research questions. 


Céilidhe Waugh
Lives in Canada
M.Ed., International Educator
1 total review
2 completed classes

About Me

First and foremost, I am a third culture kid; I graduated from an international school in Bolivia. Since becoming an international educator in 2011 I have taught ESL, Theory of Knowledge, Philosophy, AP Psychology, AP Seminar and AP Research in... 
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