Academic Research A Painful Process For Students

Academic Research A Painful Process For Students
Steven Bell. ACRLog 2/18/09

Steven Bell reflects on the Project Information Literacy Report, recently issued by University of Washington and findings, which include:

* “The majority of the students we interviewed did not start on an assignment - thinking about it, researching or writing - until two or three days before it was due.”

* “Even though students had the freedom to write on topics of their own choosing, the ability to choose a topic, itself, could be daunting.”

* “Students used words such as ‘angst’, ‘dread’, ‘anxious’, ’stressed’, ‘disgusted’, ‘confused’ and ‘overwhelmed’ as the one word that describes their reaction to receiving a research assignment.”

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