Information Searching and Research Design Skills of Students, Faculty of Education, Dhonburi Rajabhat University
The purposes of this study were: (1) to develop information searching and research design skills of Faculty of Education students, Mathematics Major of Dhonburi Rajabhat University, (2) to analyze method and duration of the development process for each student, and (3) to compare learning achievement between the experimental group and the controlled group. The samples were 81 students in Mathematics from 2012 academic year, selected by cluster random sampling technique; 38 students for the experimental group and 43 students for the controlled group. The instrument employed was a recording form of information searching and research design skills. The statistics used for data analysis were frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation, the chi-square and t-test. The results showed that: 1) 73.68% of students searched for data from more than two sources and 71.05% of the information was reliable. For the research design skills, it was found that 21.05% of students were able to generate key questions, making the students able to do further research, 2) the method for developing information searching and research design skills consisted of ive steps: encouragement, presentation and practice, relection on knowledge, conceptualization of knowledge, and evaluation. The process lasted about 70 hours, and 3) The students’ learning achievement of the experimental group was higher than the control group 0.05.
Keywords : information searching skill, research design skill, local wisdom.