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Research Practices Survey

2017-2018 HEDS Research Practices Survey

The HEDS Research Practices Survey assesses the extent to which college students can apply their information literacy skills to the practice of scholarly research. It asks students about their research experiences and assesses their skills in finding, evaluating, and citing sources. Over 80 colleges and universities have used the HEDS Research Practices Survey since 2008.

The HEDS Research Practices Survey consists of two sections. The first section of the survey, “Perceptions of Research,” measures students’ experiences with research and the degree to which they experience difficulty in finding sources, using information from sources, and citing sources. The second section of the HEDS Research Practices Survey, “Familiarity with Research Terms and Strategies,” tests students’ knowledge in three areas of research skills: finding sources, evaluating sources, and citing sources.

 

Depending on how institutions administer the HEDS Research Practices Survey, they can use the results to assess:

  • Entering first-year students’ research skills and precollege research experiences.
  • First-year students’ research skills and experiences after 1 year of college.
  • Senior students’ research skills and experiences after 4 years of college.
  • Students’ changes in research skills over the first college term, the first year of college, and over 4 years of college.
  • Students’ research skills and experiences compared with those of students at other institutions.

 

Faculty and librarians can use information from this survey to develop pedagogies and materials to advance students’ research skills. The survey only takes about 15 minutes to complete.

The HEDS Research Practices Survey can be administered at the beginning of the first term starting on August 1, 2017, at the end of the first term, or at the end of the spring term. Specific dates will be determined by your institution’s academic calendar.

You must register at least 3 weeks prior to the date on which you plan to begin administering the survey.

All institutions will receive: summary reports that compare your students to students at all other participating institutions on key indicators in the HEDS Research Practices Survey, a frequency report that compares your students’ to those of students at all other participating institutions, and an SPSS and/or Microsoft Excel file with your participants’ responses.

Institutions in HEDS will also receive an SPSS and/or Microsoft Excel file with student-level data from HEDS institutions that participated in the last few years.

The base cost of a single administration of the survey is $500 for institutions in HEDS and $1,700 for institutions not in HEDS. There are some custom options for additional fees.

Greg Anderson, Armstrong State University

“We use the HEDS Research Practices Survey as one measure of assessment for the information literacy learning objectives of our First Year Seminar course. We use our initial administration at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester as our benchmark and compare each end of semester administration results to that original beginning of semester benchmark.  We also look for patterns in results of certain questions and question types to help guide faculty and librarians toward course objectives both on a macro level and an individual instructor basis.”

 

Andrew Dudash, Juniata College

“The HEDS Research Practices Survey helps us identify areas of improvement for our incoming first-year students. When those students come to the library as part of their required self-paced course, we are able to use the survey results to dictate the additional materials we will assign to students and the content to include for their online modules.”

 

Edith List, Principia College

“We use the HEDS Research Practices Survey to measure information literacy development through our First Year Experience Program. Faculty members meet with librarians, and they can use the survey data to help structure the integrated learning course based on the areas where students show need for improvement.”

Learn more about your students’ research skills by registering for the 2017-2018 HEDS Research Practices Survey.

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