Independent Research Encounter the Task (Step 1) What is research? A Google search... A report... Searching the web... Looking "it" up in a book? What is research? There are as many definitions for research as there are people who conduct research. View the video of Greg Schroll from The Collegiate Inventors Competition to begin to form your definition of Research. Use The Online Library Learning Center and Visual Thesaurus to continue to help formulate your own definition of research. What is research? We will define research as: the systematic process of collecting and analyzing information to increase our understanding of an issue. Research Vocabulary The Online Library Learning Center ECS A Policy Maker's Primer on Educational Research Bedford/St Martin's Research and Documentation Online Who is a researcher? Investigator... Analyst... A persistent person… A curious person… A methodical person? Who is a researcher? View the photo and invention details of one of the student inventors on the National Gallery for America's Young Inventor's and also their comic strip. Next, use Visual Thesaurus to help you formulate your own definition of "researcher.“ Who is a researcher? The Princeton Review tells us that “Researchers collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data and opinions to explore issues, solve problems, and predict trends. ” The role of the researcher involves making a contribution to the understanding of an issue and communicating that understanding to others. Who is a researcher? There are many different kinds of researchers: Social Science Researchers Market Researchers Public Opinion Researchers Scientific Researchers And more…….. What is the purpose and impact of research? Choose three web sites from the list below and on the next slide to research the answer to the question. MIT Student Invention Deployed in Haiti to Save Lives The Lemelson Center Study Invention and Innovation (podcasts) Project Zero Principal Investigators Shari Tishman - Director of Project ZeroDrawing in Space Discovery News: Microneedles MIT Open Courseware - Solving Complex Problems - Student research and results Drawing in Space Collegiate Inventors Competition Univ. of Wisconsin LaCrosse student projects Mu Alpha Theta 2010 National Math Presentation Winners Exit Ticket Answer the following questions. Print out this slide and give it to your instructor. What is research? Who is a researcher? What is the purpose/impact of research?