John H. Hubbard
Wed, 19 Jan 2000 09:43:01 -0800
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G÷ran SahlÚn wrote:
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> Dear all,
> John Belshe has absolutely got a point. As a teacher myself I have come across many "reports" looking suspiciously like something directly downloaded from the internet... These reports are of course always returned with some innocent remarks on sources, and often asking the student to compare other authors as well... This usually results in something more or less "home-made".
> But it is a problem, though. I have met many students who, having very little fondness of books, collects all their information from the web. This, of course, means a great loss of knowledge since only a fraction of all information is available on-line today. Perhaps it is time to re-introduce more books in school?
> Best wishes from a cold and somewhat snowy Sweden
> G÷ran SahlÚn PhD
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> Dragon list,
> As a university instructor, I have always been hesitant to simply
> answer student questions with an answer they could learn about themselves
> if they spent some time in the library. My answers have usually been a
> reference they could seek.
> I bring this up because I have seen several, one this morning,
> requests for information which the inquirer could answer for themselves in
> a library. If they do not have access to a library, they should be
> requesting reprints or references and not simply information to solve their
> question of the moment.
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As a retired community college teacher I concur with the concerns
expressed in this thread. As a young, untutored student in general
biology (with major in odonata), I see lists of references as THE
service that experts in the field can supply to us "youngsters". The
"nature center" where I do my ode research has money available for
library texts. Corbett's Dragonfly Behavior ... book not only answers
specific questions but also broadens my research in areas I had no idea
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