Haidian District, Beijing Huangzhuang, Beijing, China  (Zip code: 100190)

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©2019 by The Affiliated High School of Peking University's Dalton Academy

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROGRAM

Preparing for and completing Independent Research Projects (IRPs) allows Dalton students to gain and prove their competence as active learners and become equipped for success in both university and life.

IN BOTH THEIR SENIOR 2 AND SENIOR 3 YEARS DALTON STUDENTS:

  • Gain foundational knowledge in research methods, research design, and academic writing.

  • Select a problem or question from any field of study.

  • Conduct a systematic survey of academic literature or artifacts relevant to their topic.

  • Select a suitable faculty advisor to supervise their research.

  • Design a research strategy to investigate the problem/question or develop a plan to produce a product related to their topic.

  • Conduct their research or create a product. 

  • Present their findings in an academic paper and presentation or present their product along with an academic paper and presentation.

IRP GOAL

An overarching goal of the Dalton IRP program is that every student becomes ready to successfully face the challenges of higher education anywhere in the world. Because of this, students are equipped to conduct their academic research as efficiently as possible using today’s tools and strategies. These include the use of software for organizing and annotating digital resources as well as citing/referencing those sources in their own writing. In addition, Turnitin™ is used to check all student writing against other published works. Because Turnitin™ is used continually and developmentally (and not just punitively in order to catch and punish plagiarism) students learn to write as responsible members of a community of scholars that communicates and contributes through its shared literature.