Throughout this unit of study we will be working with the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education published by the ACRL. This document presents information literacy in a series of conceptual frames. Each frame is defined in explained in a brief paragraph. Also, each frame comes with a bulleted list of knowledge practices and dispositions for "learners who are developing their information literate abilitities." Here, this document is speaking about you! Because you are developing your skills to gather, analyze, and evaluate information (i.e., conduct research) at the college level.

We will focus on gaining an understanding of the following frame: Research as Inquiry. Your final activity for the research unit is to write a reflection on how your own research process relied on Inquiry.

In your research reflection, you will need to explain how you used inquiry to advance your research process by using the the "knowledge practices" and "dispositions" bulleted lists. Select two items from each category and reflect and explain how you incorporated these particular knowledge practices and dispositions in your research process. You should use your informal assignments (daily writings and research activities) and your formal research assignments (proposal, research log, and source review) as evidence for the points you make in your reflection.

 of the bulleted points for knowledge practices and and two of the bulleted points for dispositions  from the Inquiry Fame in Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

You should present how your own research processes incorporated and reflected these ideas: Inquiry and the Research Process

Nuts and Bolts for the Reflective Essay

  • This is an individual assignment, which means everyone will need to be responsible for composing and submitting his or her own essay.
  • Essay should be at least 2 1/2 to 3 pages long.
  • MLA formatting and style
  • Personal essay --you should use first person to focus your reflections and experiences / do not use second person - "you."
  • Provide context, explanations, and evidence to back up your ideas.
  • Paragraphs should focus on one main idea with several sentences of support.
  • Like any essay, this essay should have an introduction, body, and a conclusion