Species: Today’s Student Today’s Plan



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  • Reconstructing the Research Habits of Today’s Student

Species: Today’s Student

Today’s Plan

  • I: Deconstruct Current, Ineffective Research Habits
  • II. Discuss Problems with These Habits
  • III. Create Your Tool to Re-Construct Research Habits

But first… an exploration of feelings

  • Discussion:
  • How do our students feel about research…?

But first… an exploration of feelings

  • Discussion:
  • … And why should we
  • care about those feelings?

Frustrated

  • Frustrated
  • Overwhelmed
  • Wasted Time
  • Fear (of plagiarism)
  • Pointless Confusion

Let’s Get in Their Shoes…

  • They often think… “if there is so much information out there already, what is the point…?”
  • (More on that later…)

Why should we care?

  • Overwhelmed = Fear of Failure = Avoidance = Failure…
  • Which often results in, or looks like, plagiarism

What is their current process?

  • www.google.com

I. Observed Research Habits

  • Step 1: Dread
  • Step 2: Google
  • www.google.com
  • Step 3: Scan and Print
  • Step 4: Write
  • Step 5: Present

To find the flaws, we must answer…

  • What are we trying to teach them?

Remember:

  • Problems with the current method:
  • Research Method
    • “Googling” = Wandering the Library
  • Organizing Method
    • Non-existent
  • Writing Method
    • Fitting the Ideas to the Research, instead of the other way around.

Internet Dependent vs. Brain Dependent

  • “If the computer doesn’t tell me, I don’t know…”
  • … lack of empowerment.

Empowerment

  • … to have the resources, information and attitudes that allow you to take action and achieve a desired goal.
  • SPC2608: Houtss@easternflorida.edu

… to have the resources, information and attitudes that allow you to take action and achieve a desired goal.

  • … to have the resources, information and attitudes that allow you to take action and achieve a desired goal.
  • SPC2608: Houtss@easternflorida.edu
  • Empowerment

Let’s think back…. to B.I.….

  • Before the Internet…..
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUs7iG1mNjI

Ideas come from people!

Start HERE!...

… Not HERE!

  • III. Creating and Using the Workshop Tool

Step 1) Choose your topic

  • Write topic here:
  • A. Is this a topic: (circle one)
  • that you know about or that you want to know more about

Step 1) Choose your topic

  • Write topic here: Irish Culture
  • A. Is this a topic: (circle one)
  • that you know about or that you want to know more about

Step 2) Consider the Audience

  • B) Why did you pick this topic? How will you explain your credibility to the audience?
  • C) Why will this topic be interesting or important to your audience? Why should the audience care about this topic?

Step 3) Brain-Squeeze!

  • B. What do you know, or want to know, about this topic?
  • Brain-squeeze here:

Brainsqueeze v. Brainstorm

  • Brainsqueeze v. Brainstorm
  • B. What do you know, or want to know, about this topic?
  • Brain-squeeze here:
  • Irish Culture
  • Food
  • Holidays
  • Music
  • Language
  • Potatoes
  • St. Pat’s
  • Gaelic
  • Famous Songs

Step 4) Determine Your Specific Purpose Statement

  • Specific Purpose vs Thesis?
    • Thesis = What you are saying
    • Purpose = Why you are saying it
  • Specific Purpose Statement
    • “At the end of my speech/paper,
    • the audience/reader
    • will be able to….”
  • Specific Purpose Statement
    • Benefits:
    • 1) Focuses on observed and measurable behavior.
    • 2) Focuses on one idea.
    • 3) Considers the audience.
    • 4) Guides supporting material.
    • Answers the question: Why the heck am I writing this paper anyway?

Great place to discuss Bloom’s

  • Example
    • Assignment:
    • Write an informative essay/paper about (your topic here).
    • Example:
    • Write an informative paper about Orlando.
    • Student’s Goal: To inform my audience about Orlando.

What could we research about Orlando?

What could we research about Orlando?

  • Example
    • Assignment:
    • Write an informative essay/paper about (your topic here).
    • Example:
    • Write an informative paper about Orlando.
    • Student’s Goal: To inform my audience about Disney World

What could we research about Disney World?

What could we research about Disney World?

Your Discipline?

  • History
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Math
  • Etc.

Where are you TAKING your audience?

  • Orlando
  • Wet n Wild?
  • Texas de Brazil?
  • Disney World?
  • Ikea?
  • - Don’t be TOO general
  • - Keep your AUDIENCE in mind!

Where are you TAKING your audience?

  • Orlando
  • Wet n Wild?
  • Texas de Brazil?
  • Disney World?
  • Ikea?
  • - Don’t be TOO general
  • - Keep your AUDIENCE in mind!
  • Old vs. Young
  • Rides vs. Shopping
  • Specific Purpose Examples
  • At the end of my paper, my audience will be able to list three major aspects of the Disney World Theme Park.
  • At the end of my paper, my audience will be able to explain the 5 eras of the history of Orlando.
  • At the end of my speech, the audience will be able to better interact with someone from Irish Culture based on the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration.

Step 5) Select Main Points

  • These may be facts; these may be questions. Relates back to Question 1 on workshop
  • I.
  • II.
  • III.
  • Step 6) Create Central Idea
  • Three aspects of Irish Culture are the food, the music and the holidays.
  • 1) Is this statement a full sentence? Y/N
  • 2) Is it NOT in the form of a question? Y/N
  • 3) Does it avoid figurative language? Y/N
  • 4) Is it written as it will be delivered to the audience? Y/N

Step 7) Develop Main Points

  • Main Point 1
  • Main Point 2
  • Main Point 3

Step 8) Plan and Conduct Research

  • Where are you going to find answers?
  • e.g.: websites, books, interviews:
  • Interview friend Annie Doyle, Irish Native
  • Look at Irish Tour Guidebooks from my trip
  • Ask mom, personal experience
  • Go to Irish Pub for observation and interviews

Research without workshop:

  • Research without workshop:
  • Googling broad terms
  • Unfocused
  • Plagiarism
  • Information Overload
  • Wasted Time

Research without workshop:

  • Research without workshop:
  • Googling broad terms
  • Unfocused
  • Plagiarism
  • Information Overload
  • Wasted Time
  • Research with workshop:
  • Googling narrow terms
  • Focused
  • Supporting individual ideas vs. reshaping the computer’s ideas

Choice of content

  • Quality CONTENT = Quality Material
  • SPC2608: Houtss@easternflorida.edu
  • Vs.
  • Vs.

Authorship: who WROTE that piece of information?

  • Evaluating Sources
  • Authorship: who WROTE that piece of information?
  • Sponsorship: who SPONSORED (paid for) publishing that information?
  • Recency: how OLD is that information?

Empowerment!

Responsibility!

  • You are responsible for every word
  • that comes out of your mouth.
  • SPC2608: Houtss@easternflorida.edu

Ethics!

“With great power, comes great responsibility.”

  • “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
  • Stan Lee
  • SPC2608: Houtss@easternflorida.edu

Origins…

  • A UK Member of Parliament: Thomas C. Hansard, ed (1817).
  • Parliamentary Debates. p. 1227. Retrieved on October 10, 2013. "He should, however, beg leave to remind the conductors of the press of their duty to apply to themselves a maxim which they never neglected to urge on the consideration of government—" that the possession of great power necessarily implies great responsibility.""

Audience Centeredness!

Audience Diversity

  • Be aware that not everyone is like you: Learn, Adjust and Accommodate
  • Your audience must understand and believe your sources!

Step 9) Develop Transitions

Step 10) Write your basic introduction

  • Open with impact: This will be a statement that will get the attention of the audience. Use quotes, humor, facts, a story, etc.
  • Focus on the topic:
  • Establish your Credibility:
  • Connect with the Audience:
  • Preview your main points: This is your Thesis Statement/Central Idea

Step 10) Write your basic introduction

  • Open with impact: “Sláinte ! This is how you say Hello in Gaelic… Now you try it….”
  • Preview your main points: Three aspects of Irish Culture are the food, the music and the holidays.

Step 10) Write your basic conclusion

  • Signal the end of your speech: In Conclusion
  • Summarize your main points: Three aspects of Irish Culture are the food, the music and the holidays.
  • End with impact: Now, let’s learn how to say goodbye in Gaelic: Slán go fóill

Step 11) Edit Outline

Step 12) Make Presentation Aids Presentation Aids are the SPRINKLES!

  •  Cake = Content
  •  Icing = Delivery
  •  Sprinkels= Visual Aids
  • Step 13) Practice

So In Conclusion…

  • Ineffective and yet common research methods of our modern day Student
  • The step-by-step process that allows for a logical flow of ideas…one step at a time.


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