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Mag articles for research literacy and lovely homework

 

I know, when you saw the word "homework", this was your reaction:

 

 

......right?

 

Getting students to do homework can sometimes be a challenge, but the inclusion of it can make a big difference in educational programs.  In fact, some students may even have more respect to teachers who give them homework assignments (I'm just stating this as a personal opinion!).

One aspect of this website that teachers may want to take advantage of is the quiz capability and apply it to homework reading assigments (or classroom materials that can be reviewed), which can then be shared by others.

For example, here is a list of magazine articles on an introduction to research literacy.  Each of them is an easy read.  Next to the article is a quiz that is related to each article:

 

Hey there, have a wee read at these three magazine articles

The Need for Research Literacy

Understanding Scientific Results

Structure of a Research Article

THEN TAKE THIS LITTLE QUIZ - IT'S FUN!

 

Then have another wee read of these next three magazine articles, which follow on from the first three:

Evaluating Accuracy of a Hypothesis

The Methods Section (of a research article)

The Results Section

THEN TAKE THIS SECOND LITTLE QUIZ - IT'S GROOVY!

 

Then, during the commercial breaks of some mind-numbing T.V. show, have a little read of the next three:

Reading Charts and Graphs

Approaching Graphics, Avoiding Pitfalls

The Discussion Section

AND TAKE THIS AWESOME LITTLE QUIZ!

 

Then read these:

Finding Relevant Research

Evaluate Research Relevance

GUESS WHAT?  QUIZ TIME!

 

The students could be given an article to read each night and then complete the quiz.  As a future feature, we could allow the teachers to access the scores of their students (but they would be inaccessible to other users).  Plus open ended and matching questions can also be added (please note: these added features are not available at the minute, but if you want to share something similar to the above, please submit your questions to the site owner and create your other material on here).

 

This is just an example of how teachers can share information on this site that uses the power of the internet to ease that sharing - and maybe even make homework EXCITING (which it always should be anyway).

Other possiblities are for the sharing of class tests between educational institutions and educators. 

 

Please note that the above articles were written by the site owner, so I'm sure she would be happy to have comments on the articles (which you can give in feedback to this).  I think they are a great little introduction to research literacy and anyone interested in reading about this further should be on the look out for her eBook on the subject.

 

-Rosemary