However, in an effort to get you thinking about your final projects sooner rather than later, I asking you to post you an informal abstract for your final project to this space, to give feedback to your colleagues, and to get feedback from your colleagues.
While ideally you'll post your informal abstracts earlier in the week so that folks have the chance to read and reply over the rest of it, please post as you are able (I know it is April Break), and read and respond by our next class meeting.
POST YOUR (INFORMAL, TENTATIVE) ABSTRACT
Abstracts are typically 300-500 words. I think that closer to 300 would be easier on your classmates, but 500 might be more helpful to you. Use your judgement there. An abstract typically proposes a tentative THESIS or argument for your project; identifies how you will prove that thesis (METHODOLOGY)--so qualitative, quantitative, literature review, archival study, etc; and, finally, typically talks about why this work is important in the field (SIGNIFICANCE). If this sounds suspiciously like what you did for an annotated bibliography, you would be correct. That's essentially what you are doing (sort of, but in reverse).
REPLY TO AT LEAST TWO OF YOUR COLLEAGUES
As the syllabus says: Respond to at least two of your colleagues: any connections to research you are doing? Any advice? Any concerns? Anything we’ve read in class that you think would help this writer make his or her argument? Certainly feel free to be helpful to other classmates if you are so moved.
ON MY END: RESPONDING TO YOUR IDEAS
I will respond to folks individually, but on the blog, so that everyone can potentially benefit from connections I see, suggestions I make, etc.
HELP WITH CONDUCTING QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
I mentioned in class that I would recommend some sources to help people conduct qualitative research (which is the category that ethnographic, case-study, archival research falls under). I'm including here a short list of useful sources. Some of these I have in hard copy (those are the texts below in blue). I will put those texts on reserve at Maxwell Library when I return to campus on Tuesday. Unfortunately, I have a number of these texts on Kindle. Some are pricey, so if you can't locate them yourself, let me know and, assuming you have a smart phone, maybe I can figure out a way to give you access to my electronic copies.
- The Practice of Theory: Teacher Research in Composition, Ruth E. Ray (Oldie but goodie from my grad school days)
- Fundamentals of Qualitative Research: A Practical Guide 1st Edition, Kakali Bhattacharya (According to our guest speaker, Marino Fernandes, the following is the best and only guide you'd need or want; unfortunately I only have it on kindle)
- Writing Studies Research in Practice, Lee Nickoson & Mary P Sheridan (editors) (This book has lots of different research methodologies covered in it that won't apply, but it has several on ethnographic/case study)
- Case Study Research, Robert K. Yin (This is the one I was thinking of for you Leslie, but, again, I only have it on kindle)
- Discourse Analysis & the Study of Classroom Language and Literacy Events: A Microethnoggraphic Perspective, David Bloome
- A Concrete Introduction to Mixed Methods Research, John W. Creswell
- Becoming Qualitative Researchers: An Introduction (5th Edition), Corrine Glesne