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My English Teacher's Thoughts about Research Papers
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My English Teacher's Thoughts about Research Papers

To motivate the class to follow her directions, my English teacher explained that she hates writing research papers and therefore has learned the most efficient way to write them.
Need I say any more?
05-01-2007 08:48 PM
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wsgosset Wrote:Need I say any more?

You need say more. I get it not. What IS the most efficient way?
05-02-2007 12:38 AM
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I agree with her...we have no choise to write them...so by assigning more research papers the logical result would be that you adapt to your hatred by either finding the most efficiant way to acomplish them in the least amount of time or killing your self.......whichever comes first.

Some cupid kills with arrows, some with traps.
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I guess I do need to say more.

What's the point of writing a research paper?

You write a research paper to explain something, and if you don't like writing it, it's probably not worth reading. We have this view of research papers as being boring to read or to write and of being only a school assignment. When we write research papers in school, we are told that we have to write a research paper on a topic within some general area following some requirements. Then, we do some preliminary research, decide on a topic and do some more research. That's completely the wrong approach.

We come up with questions worthy of research papers all the time without being assigned to write research papers. We should write research papers because we are unsure of something and want to examine it further and communicate it to others; the research paper is merely a tool to communicate ideas. School turns the research paper, like many other valuable tools, into a goal; it becomes an end rather than a means to an end.

Instead of deciding that we need to write a research paper and then choosing the topic, we should come up with an interesting and complicated question that has not yet been solved. We do some research in order to answer the problem, and after we have answered the problem, if we want to tell others about it, we write a research paper that just sums up all of our research.
05-02-2007 08:16 AM
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