Academic Research- 6 Tips for Teachers

  • Anagha Vallikat
    Anagha Vallikat

Our world has been transformed by technology. It has undoubtedly spawned new ways and techniques of communication and learning, as well as new ways of doing business, socializing, and entertainment, to name a few. In truth, technology has ushered us into an age of information unlike any other. Although the internet is a storehouse of enormous knowledge, it is a source of incorrect information that has an impact on students’ academic research.

Therefore, it becomes a moral duty of teachers and experts to indulge in academic research and academic writing to provide students with the correct factual information that they can effectively use for further research. Academic research by teachers not only assists students involved in academic writing but facilitates the overall development of a teacher's knowledge and skills. Following are a few advantages of indulging in academic research and academic writing:

Academic research is the most effective technique for expanding or improving knowledge and facilitating learning. It is vital for students and the entire academic community as the objectives and conclusions of the research are linked to knowledge.

Academic writing, similarly, makes way for a better understanding of specific topics from various perspectives that have never been identified or discussed before, thus allowing for more debate and discussion. Academic writing also sheds light on a variety of societal problems. These societal problems may be linked to health, education, culture, etc. For example, psychological academic research on mental health could lead to new discoveries and improved treatment of long-term mental illnesses. Teachers' research in the fields of business and economics is critical. Market research assists firms in recognizing current trends and working in accordance with them, which aids in a better knowledge of society's needs, allowing businesses to develop items that meet those needs.

Academic research also helps in a teacher's personal development. They learn how to recognize a problem and come up with a viable solution or establish a point of view on a particular topic, which aids in the development of critical thinking and analytical abilities.

We have already laid out the various benefits of academic research to the overall growth and development of the teachers. Let us now look at six of the most important tips and strategies for teachers to pursue academic research.

1.  Seek reliable sources and references

In academic research, using sources boosts your argument. However, to do so effectively, you must first understand and analyze your sources. It is critical to determine the reliability of each source when conducting academic research, which ensures that your sources are both relevant and reputable and that they will enhance your academic paper. Answering the following questions can help you find relevant sources for your academic research:

  • Is it from a trustworthy source?
  • Is the information factually accurate and up to date?
  • Is the information comprehensive, and does it add something new to your argument?

2. Know your audience

It is noteworthy to know the audience of your academic writing. It might consist of highly educated and well-informed persons who are already familiar with the basics of the topic or subject. The subject does not require an in-depth introduction or explanation for these readers. Rather than spending your readers' time repeating information they already know, it's best to focus on the major points and questions of the academic research.

3. Ownership should be respected

It is easy and tempting to copy information from a website or blog and paste it into your research without considering the implications. Plagiarism is an ethical issue that jeopardizes your credibility. As a teacher, you must avoid plagiarism at all costs as it could cost you significant professional references and potential job growth, in addition to losing the respect of your peers and mentors. Furthermore, it deprives the original owner of the work of credit, perhaps putting you in additional legal problems if the source takes legal action against you. So, it is important to respect the ownership of information; you might take ideas for academic research from others but represent the same in your words with proper credit to the source under the 'references' section of the academic research.

4. Accept constructive feedback from others

You must accept constructive criticism to develop your academic research and academic writing skills. Ask your mentors, experts, or colleagues to check your work and provide honest feedback. Take notes on the recommendations and criticisms made by professionals in your industry and use them to improve your academic research. Make a list of common blunders and make sure to avoid them in future academic writings.

5. Proofreading is important

Before submitting academic research and writing projects for review, make sure the work is free of spelling and grammatical errors to ensure that it is fitting and reliable.

6. Other external factors

Academic research involves more than one set of skills. External influences have a significant impact on academic research quality. Keep in mind that while researching, you should avoid being distracted by social media, emails, and texts.

Conclusion

It is unwise to underestimate the importance of academic writing skills, given that it is one of the most difficult activities that students confront in graduate school. Teachers must assist students in comprehending the value of academic research. It is essential for intellectual development and, in addition, it aids readers in assessing understanding of important topics. It is necessary to strengthen academic writing skills as well as critical thinking abilities to find reputable sources of information. Furthermore, it provides a multi-faceted approach to numerous societal issues, as well as the opportunity to be creative. These six tips and strategies will assist you in writing an academic research paper, and teach the same to your students.