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Teaching Research to First-Year Students: Theoretical Framework

Research Goals for First Year Students

Our assessment plan (pdf) outlines goals for all students, beginning with the first year.  Essentially, we believe that research revolves around conversation. In most fields, scholars and practitioners converse through traditional and nontraditional formats.  Our goal for students - and the mark of someone who is fully information fluent – is

  • to recognize that these conversations exist,
  • to access the conversation through appropriate research skills and tools,
  • and ultimately to participate meaningfully and with integrity in the conversation.

Essentially, the first year is the time to lay the foundation for both college success and for lifelong learning skills. We want them to develop the habits of mind that will motivate them to access and evaluate the conversation on a given topic.

Our goals are grounded in the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The six frames outline the habits of mind we want all students to grasp by the time they graduate:

  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

We also support the FTS writing goals and have indicated ways in which particular library approaches outlined in this guide can support or be adapted to meet the goals of particular FTS writing assignments.

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