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RBTS | Heightened Critical Thinking: Requiring a Prospectus and Annotated Bibliography in the Research Paper Process

December 3, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Led by: 
Donna Gessell
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Blue ridge rooms are not available.
Cumming Campus  246
Dahlonega Campus Hansford Hall 312
Gainesville Campus Dunlap-Mathis 137
Oconee Campus SRC 581

The workshop details the prospectus and annotated bibliography assignment, which has long proven a best practice for guiding students to engage in their own learning during the research paper process. Goals for workshop participants are twofold: to understand how the assignment is valuable to enhance student learning and to try it out in their own disciplines. Participants will be provided with copies of the assignment. Then we will relate it to each of the criteria in the AAC&U Critical Thinking VALUE rubric, pairing each of the five criteria in the rubric with a question in the prospectus assignment. During the discussion we will link to the stages in the writing process, detailing how every stage of the process—including brainstorming, research, and planning, which are included in this assignment—can be taught, but that the writing stage cannot be taught, making the assignment an even more valuable tool for promoting engaged student learning. To shape the revision stage, we will discuss how the prospectus can be rearranged; and we will discuss why the editing stage should be postponed. To complete the discussion of the writing process, we will explore the rhetorical principles of audience, purpose, and occasion and how they affect the publishing stage, but must be considered early on. I will share feedback about the assignment from my students, who are at various levels of writing. In addition to discussion and question and answer, audience involvement will include brainstorming how the assignment can be used in different disciplines with and without adaption. Finally, all participants will have the opportunity to try out the prospectus assignment to start engaging in their own academic project or one that they are considering for their students. Association of American Colleges and Universities. (2009). Critical Thinking VALUE Rubric. Retrieved from

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