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A guide to research for students.
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Step 3

Exploring Information

The task is to investigate information on the general topic in order to extend personal understanding. The Exploration stage is usually the most difficult stage in the ISP as confidence is very low and feelings of uncertainty are very high. Information is being gathered and compared with what is already known and feelings of confusion, frustration, doubt and discouragement are very strong. 


Stage 3 -- Prefocus Exploration
Task Thoughts Feelings Actions Strategies
To investigate information with the intent of finding a focus

Becoming informed about general topic

Seeking focus in information on general topic

Identifying several possible focuses

Inability to express precise information needed



Sometimes threat


Locating relevant information

Reading to become informed

Taking notes on facts and ideas

Making bibliographic citations

Reading to learn about topic

Tolerating inconsistency and incompatibility of information encountered

Intentionally seeking possible focuses

Listing descript

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