Teachers assign academic research papers primarily to give you experience in:
Research expands and augments your experience and knowledge, providing a broader base for thinking and writing. It enables you to become an expert in areas not directly related to your everyday life. When you engage in research, you build valuable critical skills that serve you in other areas of life. You learn to ask probing and thoughtful questions, gather and interpret data, read critically, form intelligent opinions, and manage and understand conflicting information. As you do research in your chosen specialization, you become an expert in that area. In addition, when you write about your discoveries, others come to respect your knowledge and value your opinion.