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?
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There are as many definitions for research as
there are people who conduct research.
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View the video of Greg Schroll from The
Collegiate Inventors Competition to begin to
form your definition of Research.
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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?
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Who is a researcher?
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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.
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Next, use Visual Thesaurus to help you
formulate your own definition of
"researcher.“
Who is a researcher?
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The Princeton Review tells us that
“Researchers collect, organize, analyze, and
interpret data and opinions to explore issues,
solve problems, and predict trends. ”
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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
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The Lemelson Center Study Invention and
Innovation (podcasts)
Project Zero Principal Investigators
Shari Tishman - Director of Project ZeroDrawing
in Space
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Discovery News: Microneedles
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MIT Open Courseware - Solving Complex
Problems - Student research and results
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Drawing in Space
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Collegiate Inventors Competition
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Univ. of Wisconsin LaCrosse student
projects
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Mu Alpha Theta 2010 National Math
Presentation Winners
Exit Ticket
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Answer the following questions. Print out
this slide and give it to your instructor.
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What is research?
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Who is a researcher?
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What is the purpose/impact of research?