My writing students are working on a research project. Basically, the writing course is prescribed, and this is a sort of lit review type project. So we faculty folks tend to do lots of conferencing for these.
We spent last week working on developing ideas about what to research, looking at a variety of sources, talking with a librarian, and so forth. We read several sample projects from previous students.
And this morning I had my first conference meeting of the week. The student came in and said she wanted to show me her outline. So I asked her about what she'd read. She hadn't actually read even the two things she found in class last week. But somehow, she was going to make an outline.
What are they teaching students in high school? It's like many of them think research is a matter of having an opinion, writing an outline, writing the paper, and then looking for support for your opinion.
I did try to argue against that as a strategy last week, but obviously, I didn't do a good enough job.
Waiting for the next student, and hoping that one has actually read their research a bit.