I didn’t think I would have a Purdy and Walker moment so soon. Let me explain, so we all know what Purdy and Walker said about students come to college with research skills and are good researchers, but those of academic authority believe our new savvy ways of research is diminishing the true skill of research, not only that they are saying the pushing of the linear process is not how things are done now.
Well my Purdy and Walker moment took place in the ESL resource center with a Saudi Arabian student who in my opinion used a very bad source which was a newspaper article (it didn’t look like a legit article too-just sayin’) from Proquest that had no author name just Anonymous. I asked the student to find me the article on the internet using any method possible, he could not because he didn’t have the research skills, but super simple enough to use Proquest, but the ability to decipher if the presented material was a valid source that skill was not present. I told the student this source is not good for X reasons and your teacher will have some questions. He didn’t understand. Long story short I told him to find a better source and he asked, how do I do that? I told him to use Google, the library website and so one.
After my incident with the student I then realized, okay maybe Purdy and Walker is not on point with ESL students, because I had a problem explaining a basic research process of using other available websites and judging those sources on different factors, and I then discovered with ESL students maybe the liner approach is the best approach because it is basic, but going against open research methods. In this situation I am conflicted, do I teach to only use the library for ESL students because most found sources will be creditable, but then again who says other websites are not creditable. Here I am counter arguing my arguments-ugh! But yeah how do I teach research methods, go narrow with the new comers and advanced with those who are proficient.
Heck I also question the students personal research ability for personal interest what are their methods, where do they go, what do they use. In their home country do they do research for learning or not. You know what this just sounds like a little something to add to my syllabi.
Overall I need to look more into this.