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First-year students learn best from assignments that provide concrete and specific guidance on research methods. We can help you design assignments that will guide your students toward effective research. One tool we use in consultation with Signature Course faculty is the Research Guidance Rubric for Assignment Design. This tool promotes assignments that include:
This rubric communicates expectations for students writing a research paper requiring archival or primary resources using a variety of indicators, such as description, analysis, and evaluation.
The rubric works well when paired with a pre-research assignment requiring students to do evaluation work, such as the Archival Source Analysis Worksheet.
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