This practical guide addresses the challenges for building and
maintaining a college research program in an environment that does
not focus on supporting research activity and for those with a
heavy teaching load. The challenges faced by teacher-researchers
and solutions to issues are reviewed. The steps for maximizing
research productivity are outlined: time management, obtaining
research space and equipment and funding, recruiting and managing
human subjects, and overcoming bureaucratic stumbling blocks.
Chapters feature opening vignettes, examples, cases, figures,
tables, summaries, suggested readings, and research references
which provide a scientific grounding. Highlights include coverage
of: -The latest time saving digital resources including automatic
literature search alerts, Zotero for managing literature, Dropbox
for sharing files, Open Science for managing workflow, and
OpenSesame and OpenStax Tutor. -Strategies for recruiting subjects
such as flyers and posting lab meeting minutes on a web page. - How
to increase research productivity while still engaging in effective
teaching. -The problems of the availability of human subjects and
strategies for recruiting from classes, offering extra credit for
research participation, and participation as a course requirement.
- Using students as volunteer research assistants and strategies
for recruiting and managing volunteers along with ethical
considerations. -Bureaucratic stumbling blocks and strategies for
overcoming those challenges. - How to use browser/word processor
add-ons that store and organize literature in a searchable library
and produce citations and reference lists. -The use of free open
source software to design experiments and collect data and free
cloud based resources to store electronic research files. The steps
for maximizing research productivity are outlined in chapter 1:
time management, obtaining research space and equipment and
funding, recruiting and managing human subjects, and overcoming
bureaucratic stumbling blocks, along with impediments and solutions
for establishing a research program. Strategies to overcome time
constraints including automatic literature searches, Zotero for
managing your literature, Dropbox for sharing files, and the Open
Science Framework for managing workflow are provided in Chapter 2.
Chapter 3 provides tips on obtaining funding. Chapters 4 and 5
provide strategies for recruiting and managing research
participants such as ad hoc recruiting from classes, offering extra
credit for research participation, and participation as a course
requirement. The book concludes with a review of other items to
consider when developing a research program. Intended for
professional development or teacher training courses offered in
masters and doctoral programs in colleges and universities or as a
supplement in graduate level research methods courses, this book is
also an invaluable resource for faculty development centers and
university administrators. Designed for both early career and
veteran teacher-researchers looking to enhance their research
productivity, this book appeals to college teachers of all levels
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