Speaking, Technology, Analysis,
and Reading Through Research
[The outcome of any serious research can only be to make two questions
grow where only one grew before.]
—Thorstein Veblen (1857-1929),
The Place of Science in Modern Civilization.
In the Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) report, research skills can be found under the Basic Skills categories of reading, writing, and thinking, and the competency skills of resources and technology. Research incorporates a variety of skills. The reading skills include locating, understanding, and interpreting written information. The writing skills include communicating thoughts, ideas, and information. Learning how to learn as defined in the foundation thinking skills is described as efficiently using techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge. Identifying, selecting, and applying appropriate resources are essential skills in the research process. In addition, knowing which technology to use and how to search, sort, and apply appropriate software and on-line resources are important to the researcher today.