Research

Conduct Your Own Research Project

$249.00

Teen Focus 12+

Have you ever wondered how research is actually done by experts? Have you thought about doing your own research project to answer questions you have about the world around you? With this course, you can not only learn about research from a professional research scientist, but you can use the skills you learn to conduct your own research! By the end of the course, students will have completed their own research project including an essay report on their findings. This is a great opportunity to be guided through an engaging passion project of your choice by a research expert.

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Have you ever wondered how research is actually done by experts? Have you thought about doing your own research project to answer questions you have about the world around you? With this course, you can not only learn about research from a professional research scientist, but you can use the skills you learn to conduct your own research! By the end of the course, students will have completed their own research project including an essay report* on their findings. This is a great opportunity to be guided through an engaging passion project of your choice by a research expert.

In this course, we will learn about the following topics:

  • Research ethics
  • Research with humans and animals
  • Research in different fields
  • Research paper formats
  • Introductory statistics
  • Designing and conducting research
  • Interpreting findings
  • Reviewing previous literature
  • APA, MLA, and/or AMA style depending on the nature of each project

Students will learn about these topics through readings, live webinars, and written discussion forums as well as through hands-on activities that involve conducting actual research in an area of interest.  

This is a 16-week class for teens working at an advanced high school level. Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Recordings are available for students who must miss a session.

*Please note: This class will not cover the fundamentals of writing or include extensive writing instruction or revision opportunities. Students should not take this course in place of a writing course. Writing With Sources is strongly recommended as a prerequisite for students who wish to gain writing skills and learn to incorporate quotes from previous literature in their essays.

Topics Covered

Research ethics
Research with humans and animals
Research in different fields
Research paper formats
Introductory statistics
Designing and conducting research
Interpreting findings
Reviewing previous literature
APA, MLA, and/or AMA style depending on the nature of each project

Challenge Level

Appropriate for Teens 12 and up. This course contains college-level material and references mature topics.

Prerequisites

Writing With Sources or equivalent strongly recommended

Time Commitment

Most students report spending approximately 3-4 hours per week on homework outside of the webinar.

Instructor

Counselor Cat

Reading List

No books required.

Usually Offered

Fall Semester

Available Sessions

Spring 2019 Monday 8am Pacific, Fall 2018 Monday 8am Pacific