The LSHS Research Process Model
It all starts with an idea. Perhaps your teacher assigned it to you. Perhaps you're curious about something. Regardless, you have a starting place. Your finished product might be a lot different than what you started with, but that's simply part of the research process. As you research information to answer your questions, you might find it necessary to change and refine the questions based on your interest, meeting the assignment criteria, or what you've discovered.
Five Steps of the
LSHS Research Model
1. What’s the Assignment?
2. How do I get the job done?
3. Do It! (Seeking out the information.)
4. Bring it together & make it my own.
5. How well did I do?
Step One: What’s the Assignment?
- What am I supposed to do?
- What question(s) do I need to answer?
- Focus on Essential Questions and related questions.
- What are the guidelines /requirements of this project?
- What is the final product?
- How will it be graded? A scoring guide provided up-front shows what the grader is looking for in your project. Use it as a checklist. View a sample scoring guide.
- When is it due? Don't put it off until the last minute!
- Research Roadmap: Start with a world of possibilities and narrow your ideas into essential questions!
- Step One Template
Step Two: How do I get the job done?
- What resources will I need?
- How do I evaluate resources?
- How do I find what I need? What are good searching strategies?
Step Three: Do it! Seek out the information in the sources
- Read, view, listen.
- Pull out (take notes on) the important info that answers your essential and related questions.
- Organize your notes and citation information.
Step Four: Bring it together & make it my own.
- Use the writing process to go for quality.
- Compare your final product with the assignment’s guidelines (Step one).
- Make needed changes or additions. Revise for quality.
- Present or turn in your final product.
Step Five: How well did I do? (Evaluate the process and the product.)
*Adapted from the "Handy 5" Research Model and the "Big 6" Problem-Solving Combined by Sandy Stuart. Click here to view a vast array of other research models that take much the same path.
- What have I learned?
- How does the finished product demonstrate what I’ve learned?
- What worked well?
- What will I do differently next time?