Half of the world's wetlands were lost last century. Logging and conversion have shrunk the world's forests by as much as half. Some 9 percent of the world's tree species are at risk of extinction; tropical deforestation may exceedsquare kilometers per year.
Knowledge has to be handmade by each individual…. To make knowledge…it is necessary to apply thought to information….
This is work only an individual can do. Reading books can help a person discover how others…have thought about a subject, but there is no better way to comprehend, consider, and digest information for oneself than to write a serious paper.
A research paper can show the student whether he or she has really understood as much as he or she supposed about a subject. The exercise of writing helps a student to organize and examine the information gathered in a careful way.
The Internet can be a supermarket of information to assist such efforts, and books and fine teachers can also help, but the real effort of acquiring knowledge belongs to the student. There is, at least in the humanities, no better work for the student to undertake than a serious research paper.
These days, the research that students execute does not instill the knowledge and inquisitiveness such assignments presume.
Visit the library and browse the stacks. Find an archive and examine primary documents. Read widely in the subject before identifying a subtopic.
Type a term into Google. Download six Web pages, and cut and paste passages. Summarize the citations and sprinkle commentary of their own. Print it up and hand it in. If the goal is to rehearse prevailing opinion about an issue or event, the Google way has its advantages.
If all a teacher wants is information, and the desired skill is information retrieval plus some evaluation by the studentthe Web works best. But teachers aim higher. Research tasks are supposed to plant deeper understandings — knowledge of the subject, negotiation not just listing of diverse perspectives and rigorous habits of mind curiosity, reflection, critical judgment.
Digital tools…might foster them, but they offer too many shortcuts, conveniences and well-digested materials for students to use the tools in meaningful formative ways. Teachers should remember the anti-intellectual temptations of digital research. A research paper done correctly goes beyond the mere conglomeration of facts…and instead asks us to examine current literature and argue a thesis that is not directly from conventional wisdom….
When held to this expectation, the research paper has a comparative advantage in depth…. This process cannot be automated. The Internet is only an aide, providing sources more quickly than scouring library shelves.
Learning how to take what is already known and enhance it in a unique way is an unparalleled learning experience that we should not lose. My first experience writing a research paper in high school was a transformative step in developing how I think, argue and write….
Struggling to come up with an interesting, original idea that gives a new spin on what is already known…has taught me to scrutinize current knowledge more critically, think more originally and write more effectively.
These skills will continue to help me not only in the classroom but also in the workplace….Wow,its been quite a while since I have had the time to share my beautiful Xenia with everyone.
We have worked extremely hard on sharing in detail everything we know on the care and propagation of these remarkable Xenia. Debate Paper Outline. This should be very brief—you only have room for a couple of sentences on each point.
See Organization: Debate vs. Research for a comparison of the two papers. In your outline, list as much of this material as you can, based on the reading you have done so far.
For example, under one source you might write. Not likely if what has been reported on another blog site. An announcement on Boxing Day,that NZs Peters elected Government,have just revealed that the flood gates for many more Muslim Refugees into NZ has now been confirmed.
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