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The V-diagram graphic below is presented as an aid to understanding how research is done. It is designed to help you think about how you are producing new knowledge in the research process. You might think of it as your road map to research! Begin with the Research Focus on the Creating the Context V-diagram.

Background information for ground level ozone Method for measuring ground level ozone Submit the data you have collected Results of the data collected by student-researchers What analysis can be made from the results of the data? What conclusions can be drawn from the analysis and results of data? Explore further ground level ozone research Research Focus for study Research Focus for study Background information for ground level ozone Protocol for measuring ground level ozone Submit the data you have collected Results of the data collected by student-researchers What analysis can be made from the results of the data? What conclusions can be drawn from the analysis and results of data? Explore further ground level ozone research What research values have you discovered? Research Questions for study Publish your research in our electronic journals


The Creating the Context V-diagram (on the left) reflects our view that good research emerges from a rich background of understanding, or in other words a very deep, very rich, set of experiences. This could be experience with the outdoors in general or some specific natural process. The research focus, in the middle of the V-diagram, is the focus of the activity. Moving down the left side of the the V, we begin with what we already know and move on to a specific activity. The links on the Creating the Context V-diagram below guide you through the background information we all ready know and some of the activities of science that will help establish a deep understanding of the area to be researched. The Research Focus begins the process and working your way around the Creating the Context V-diagram guides and gives focus to your work.

It is our hope that as you work on Creating the Context, you will begin to have questions. It is questions that drive research. The V-diagram on the right, the Guided Research, represents the research process that emerges from these questions. As research questions emerge you will be lead to the Background Information of the Guided Research. This is not just more information, but a guide to getting additional information. The Guided Research area is an already designed research project organized as a tutorial to guide you through the research process. The Guided Research work is meaningful and important work that will help you become more familiar with research process. When you choose to pursue your own questions and research, the process, organization and steps remain the same.

The final step is sharing your knowledge with the PathFinder Science community. This is done through the publication area. Communication is critical to building this research community and sharing your new knowledge is a critical part of the scientific process. Make sure that you contribute to this community building process.

Refer back to this page as often as you like to guide you through the work!

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