Demystifying Research (Methods): Epistemological Design to Reduce Student Anxiety and Increase Content Enjoyment

Margeret Hall, Kaitlyn Baysa, Matt Snell Cantu

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Research Methods is a frequently-unloved course for students and instructors alike. However, successful research methods courses are linked to high-value and long-term outcomes such as stronger career preparation and higher information literacy. We propose reimaging Research Methods courses for Information Systems and Information Technology degrees as an epistemic undertaking to reduce student anxiety and increase positive experiences with research. We outline and evaluate one such course in this proof-of-value case study, finding that over half of the students achieved these goals. Those students who did not realize the intended outcomes did not have a worse experience; however, their newfound understanding of research cemented their disinterest in pursuing research careers. We propose reconsidering Research Methods' institutional inclusion in IS curricula as a mechanism supporting diversification of junior researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems
Editors AIS
Place of PublicationAustin, TX, USA
PublisherAIS Association for Information Systems
Pages1 - 17
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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