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RDNG 372 Reading and Writing across the Middle Grades Curr (Fall 2016)


This guide was created to help you find library resources for your writing research project.  

Writing Research Project Description

This semester you will participate in a formal peer review assignment that guides you through the research and writing process in a systematic and sequential manner. You will first generate a research question that builds upon the content of this course in order to better prepare you for your specific future teaching assignments. You will then answer this question in the form of a research paper. The peer review process will be partially accomplished through the CPR program (Calibrated Peer Review) on a mid-point draft. Additionally, you will also have access to writing support form our UPM (University Peer Mentor).

Your research will include a minimum of 6 content specific scholarly articles (from peer reviewed journals). Articles should be no older than 2006.

Defining "Scholarly"

The Greenwood Dictionary of Education defines scholarly research as: 

The Systematic and objective search for evidence that will substantiate, verify, or refute previous findings, interpretations, or explanations within a specified academic discipline. Recognized by scholars by its particular emphasis on style, method, and purpose- as in historiography, or literary analysis.  Scholarly research is often referred to as a disciplined inquiry as opposed to subjective or impressionistic analyses and interpretations that do not reflect scholarly traditions.  (Collins and O'Brien, eds., 2003. 313)

In the databases you can look for the terms "peer reviewed" or "refereed" to determine if an article meets scholarly criteria in a given discipline.  Generally, this means that the researchers' study/publication has been vetted by a board of scholars/experts in the fields and they have deemed it good scholarship and worthy of publications.  Databases will identify journals that include peer reviewed articles.


Is it Scholarly?