Speaking, Technology, Analysis,
and Reading Through Research
[You will find it a very good practice always to verify your references, sir.]
—Martin Routh, Quarterly Review, July 1878.
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 abilities. Reading skills include locating, understanding, and interpreting written information. 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.
A variety of Content Proficiencies are applicable to the research area, but reading and writing are the most important.