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QEP Research Process and Student Learning Outcomes

Steps in the research process*:

  1. Students embark on inquiry and so determine a need for knowledge/understanding.

Core Competency: Critical Thinking

Student Learning Outcome: Students will exercise critical thinking in setting a problem and conducting an inquiry (SLO-A).

2.  Students find/generate needed information/data using appropriate methodology.

Core Competency: Information Literacy

Student Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate information literacy in finding, evaluating, and using sources and considering evidence (SLO-B).

3. Students critically evaluate information/data and the process to find/generate this information/data.

Core Competency: Information Literacy

Student Learning Outcome: Students will demonstrate information literacy in finding, evaluating, and using sources and considering evidence (SLO-B).

4. Students organize information collected/generated and manage the research process.

Core Competency: Critical Thinking

Student Learning Outcome: Students will exercise critical thinking in setting a problem and conducting an inquiry (SLO-A).

5. Students synthesize and analyze and apply new knowledge.

Core Competency: Critical Thinking

Student Learning Outcome: Students will exercise critical thinking in setting a problem and conducting an inquiry (SLO-A).

6. Students communicate knowledge and the processes used to generate it, with an awareness of ethical, social, and cultural issues.

Core Competency: Oral and Written Communication

Student Learning Outcome: Students will communicate effectively in expressing results (SLO-C).

 *Based on the Facets of Inquiry from the Research Skill Development Framework (University of Adelaide, 2006)

From R.E.A.L. Inquiry: Research Experience for Aspiring Leaders Quality Enhancement Plan, February 3, 2014, p. 19.