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College Quarterly, v13 n1 Win 2010

Teachers at every level of the educational system have grown accustomed to the idea that people live in a time of rapid change, with new products, technologies, and services emerging constantly. While universities have a social role that requires them to create and disseminate new knowledge, schools and colleges often have rich opportunities to do the same. University faculty may lament that the preparation to do research takes place at the doctoral level, but this fails to recognize two very critical features of the knowledge revolution: (1) the development of new products and services in industry involves significant levels of applied research being carried out by people who may or may not have academic credentials; and (2) the increasing availability of information through the Internet means that even elementary school students may have the latest academic journals at their fingertips. The author thinks the only responsible way to deal with these facts is to recognize that increasingly the ability to read, understand, and critique research will become a right, if not a duty, of citizenship. For this to happen, it is critical that elementary, high school, and college teachers begin to see themselves as teachers of citizen-researchers who need to know how to find, read, analyze, evaluate, and critique research. Inventing new ideas that can stand the tough scrutiny of knowledgeable peers may always be an achievement reserved for only some people, but teachers at all levels should recognize that they have a role in nurturing the talents that will be a key part of life in the more scholarly world of the knowledge society. University faculty in Canada live by a simple rule: publish or perish. It is not just a catchy phrase; this dictum is the university's way of fulfilling its social role as knowledge generator. School and college teachers need not take the advice to such an extreme, perhaps they could live by something like "Publish for Pete's sake." To this end, the author recommends and describes a seven-fold path to achieve this goal

Descriptors: Credentials, Elementary School Students, Citizenship, Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Publish or Perish Issue, Faculty Publishing, Writing for Publication, Research Methodology, Web Sites, Role, Higher Education, Research, Internet, Feedback (Response), Influence of Technology, Educational Technology

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Author: Hunter, William J.


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