Reflecting on a Research Project

You have just completed a research assignment for one of your LHS classes.  Your teacher and librarian would like you to stop and think about the process you went through in finding and evaluating resources, taking notes, and organizing the information you found.  

For this informal reflection, you are going to think about the PROCESS you went through to complete the research required for the assignment, NOT about the final project for your class or the grade you will earn for it. (This reflection is NOT RELATED to the grade you will earn for the paper/project/speech/whatever you already turned in.)

The research reflection should NOT take a lot of time!  You should spend more time THINKING about this than you spend creating the reflection you submit.  

1.  Create a reflection on your research process, analyzing the growth and awareness that the project provided
2.  Submit a Reflective Researcher Form (at the bottom of this page).

Examples of possible reflection products include:
  • A "blog entry" style reflection in a shared google doc (or on an actual blog if you have one)
  • A quick, informal screencast
  • A slideshow or prezi (don't do this unless it is quick and easy for you to use these tools!!)
  • A "vlog" or podcast
  • Something else? 
You may use whatever tool you like to create and share this reflection:  google docs/presentations, YouTube, VoiceThread, etc.  WHAT you create is less important than the THOUGHT you put into it.  Remember:  this is NOT meant to be time consuming!  Your success for this reflection depends entirely on your thought process, NOT on making something fancy.  A simple google doc with GOOD reflection is better than a fancy video that just skims the surface.  You can demonstrate your research reflection in a way that makes sense for you, as long as it is:
  1. available as an electronic file, and
  2. shared with Ms. Ashworth, so don't forget to adjust your share settings!

When completing your research reflection, use these questions to focus your work:

  • Which databases were most useful for this assignment?  Why?  

  • If you used websites, how did you ensure that the information you found was reputable?

  • What roadblocks did you hit in your research process?  How did you overcome them?

  • How did you generate the keywords for your searches?  Give some examples of the types of keywords you used.  How did you use the tools within the database(s) to narrow/expand your search?

  • Reflect on your experience using EasyBib.  In what ways was it helpful?  What was frustrating?

  • If you could go back in time and do this research project over, what would you do differently?  What advice would you give students just starting a research project?

  • What did you learn about research (NOT your topic) from this experience?

A successful finished product will:
  • Clearly and accurately describe the process you went through in completing the research for your assignment. 
  • Demonstrate an increased understanding (from before beginning the research assignment to completing the reflection) of the research process and how that knowledge impacts your personal learning goals.
  • Go beyond simply describing your process to analyzing how you experienced growth in your understanding of the research process.  (Tell us what you learned and how you learned it--not just how to use Easy Bib but how it applies to your deeper understanding of research.)
  • Connect learning about the research process to other content-areas or your personal learning goals.
  • Demonstrate some awareness of your personal strengths and growth areas in your understanding of the research process. 
  • Identify specific areas for growth in your next research project.

When you are finished, use the form below to submit your completed research reflection.  

*Reflective Researcher Submission Form