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The seminar provides first-year teacher candidates with an introduction to several fundamental education issues facing society. Specific goals for students include understanding and using some of humanity’s most important and challenging ideas, developing good academic skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening), and learning about the values and rigors of academic discipline including portfolio development. Students will review the conceptual framework, use technology as a learning tool, and create an academic plan. In particular, students will examine educational issues and beginning development of educational professional skills with strong emphasis on writing. (WS2)
Steps in library research: Overview
Background information on a topic can often be found in encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other reference sources. There are encyclopedias in the reference area on the first floor of Milne Library that cover most topics.
Find books. Books often treat a topic more comprehensively than journal articles. Books can be a good place to find an overview of a topic. References to additional articles and books can often be found in a bibliography at the end of a chapter.
Find articles. Since journal articles are often more focused than books, they may provide more specific information than books. References to additional articles and books can often be found in a bibliography at the end of an article. Information in journal articles is usually more current than information in books.
Find supplementary materials such as internet sites. Since articles found on the internet have rarely gone through the peer-review process, they must be carefully evaluated. It may be possible to find peer-reviewed journal articles by using Google Scholar; however, some of these articles may be author preprints and therefore may not be exactly the same as the final version.
Organize the findings.
Use the information to address the research topic, integrating the information you've found into a reasoned argument or presentation.