Students On Internet Not Researching But 'Regurgitating'

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Editor:

I think it is wonderful that more computer technology has been added to the local schools. It is another modern tool for learning.

The Nov. 14 article stressed the fact that now, with computers, research would be easier and faster. Not wanting to sound like an old man's wet blanket, let me mention my ideas (on) research.

For many years I taught biology in a Midwest University and encouraged the students to do some additional, original projects. Their English teachers had told them that "research" was something you did in the library. From a biologist's point of view, you don't go to a library to do research; you go to a library to learn the results of research.

(This from) a staunch supporter of the Payson Library.

How do you suppose all those things ideas, data, techniques, relationships, history, etc. came to be in the books and encyclopedias and on the Internet in the first place? Much of it was the result of original research by someone else, with much observation, note-taking, record keeping and serious thought. When you go to the library or Internet, you are borrowing what someone also has already done. To be sure, you may re-arrange or amplify the meaning of the data, but it is more a regurgitation than it is original research.

If you can find out what weeks of the year that Juncos are normally seen in Payson, in the Library or on the Internet, give me a call. If you can find out when Squawbush or Skunkbush (Rhus trilobata) is normally in bloom in the Payson area, in the Library or on the Internet, call me.

Max L. Partch, Payson

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