Teaching Undergraduate Research Methods in the Age of Google
Brian C Thompson
Abstract / Video
This presentation will explore the challenges and importance of teaching research methods to undergraduates. The examples will be drawn from my experience teaching research methods to music students, but many of the objectives and difficulties discussed will apply to undergraduates throughout the humanities, in education, and in the social sciences. The presentation will begin with a brief introduction to the place of research in the BA programme in Music. It will then focus on the use of secondary sources, reading texts in digital format (versus hardcopy), and the impact of our new library system on how and what we teach. The presentation will not aim to draw conclusions on the topic but rather to stimulate dialogue among instructors concerned with the attitudes and skills our students will be taking with them as they graduate. As the title suggests, when students are already adept in the use of internet search engines, persuading them to look further and read deeper may require a collective effort.