Posts Tagged ‘agenda’

For Tuesday, 2/9 (Week 3)

February 5, 2016

Before

 

During

  • Attendance
  • Patten (2014), Topics 1-3
  • Sample Proposal Presentation #8
  • BREAK
  • Lab: Manifest Content Analysis
  • Lab: Latent Content Analysis (Yelp! Reviews)

 

After

  • TBA
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For the Final Exam (12/18/15)

December 13, 2015

Before

  1. The final draft of the proposal is due by the end of the exam period, and attendance is mandatory. A few of you have spoken to me about scheduling issues, and I’ll deal with those individually; but generally speaking, it should go without saying that it’s a bad idea to schedule something during an exam period.
  2. Prepare a presentation on your proposal (a satisfactory presentation will count for a score of 100% on one of your previous assignments — I’ll choose the assignment — so think of it as extra credit). As I mentioned in class, I’m not asking for ‘I Have a Dream’-level speechifying; this should be a 5-10 minute presentation, with or without slides/visuals/charts (although the superior presentation would be with), addressing the following questions:
    1. Who are you and what’s the title of your proposal?
    2. What’s it about?
    3. What’s your research question and/or research hypothesis?
    4. What’s your research design? (Brief Overview)
    5. Why should this be funded? (IOW, What’s the contribution your study would make to the relevant scholarly literature on your topic?

During

  • Presentations (here’s some how-to advice, if you haven’t already seen the post above this one)
  • TBA: we’ll probably devote a little time to some topics we haven’t had a chance to really delve into, but think of this as a time to put the finishing touches on your proposals and accompanying materials, or to get my help.

After

  • If you’ve followed instructions meticulously, relax: everything should be okay.
  • If not…

For Friday, 12/4

November 20, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! (But don’t forget that the Up Movies lab is due by midnight tonight!)

Before

  • HW due: In honour of America’s Greatest Holiday, and in keeping with our recent examination of open-ended interviewing techniques,  we shall take part in The Great Thanksgiving Listen. Interview a parent or grandparent about their lives (or some other elder, if your parents/grandparents are unavailable). If your research topic lends itself to it, you can incorporate questions that you might ask a participant in the research you’re designing. If your parents were not born this country,  you might begin by asking them about their experiences as immigrants, as in this much talked-about episode of Aziz Ansari’s new show. You might not cry as much as Ansari’s friends reportedly do in watching the show, but you will want to have a box of tissues available, just in case. Write up your findings in the ‘Qualitative Interview’ lab.
  • Schutt, Chapter 12 (‘Evaluation and Policy Research’)

During

  • Choosing a Data Collection Method
  • BREAK
  • Causation

After

  • HW: TBA

For Friday, 11/20

November 13, 2015

Before

During

  • Lab: Up Movies (Fifty-Six Up). This is due by 11:59 on the 20th!

After

  • HW: TBA

For Friday, 11/13

November 6, 2015

Here’s a glossary that explains some of my most frequent grading comments. (I’ll mention it in class as well.) As always, Friday’s agenda is below.

Before

  • HW due: This was supposed to be the Qualitative Data Analysis, but the links to the data are broken and I’m having trouble repairing them. This is a golden opportunity for you to catch up on HW you haven’t turned in yet. You should also start drafting your final proposal if you haven’t started already, paying special attention to the literature review.
  • Schutt Chapter 7
 (‘Experiments’)

During

After

  • HW: TBA

For Friday, 11/6

October 30, 2015

Here’s a link to the mid-term feedback survey I mentioned in class. You should fill this out anonymously; just sign out of Google before you click on the link.

Here’s our upcoming agenda:

Before

  • HW due: We’ve repaired the outline doc associated with the Design Your Sampling Strategy. I won’t assign any new HW this week in order to give you a chance to catch up on your homework. If you didn’t turn the sampling HW in before class last Friday, however, I will still consider it late. If you are unsure about how to complete an assignment (in this case, because the guiding outline doc had been altered), you should contact me before it’s due.
  • Schutt (2015), Ch. 11 (‘Qualitative Data Analysis’)

During

  • Lab: Exploring Sampling, cont’d. Do not go beyond Question #5 before class this Friday. If you fail to follow instructions, I will clear your attempt.

After

  • HW: TBA

A Step-By-Step Prep Guide for Class

October 29, 2015

I’d like to think I’m a nicer person than Professor Kingsfield (see below) — but you should prepare for class with the understanding that you may be called on at random.

(For the record, this isn’t really the Socratic Method as I understand it; but I do endorse the idea of calling on students at random in order to give everyone a voice — and to make sure that folks are doing the assigned reading.)

  1. The readings for each week are listed on the syllabus. In the absence of any new information, that’s what you should prep.
  2. Listen at the end of class for any announcements about changes/additions to next week’s agenda.
  3. Check this blog for a detailed agenda (readings plus HW). Items listed under ‘Prep’ are things you need to do to prepare for class; items listed under ‘In Class’ are things we’ll be doing during class, not before; items listed under ‘For Next Time’ are to be done after.
  4. If you have any questions, just email me (hakka3@gmail.com; on that note, here are some important tips regarding email etiquette). I might not be able to respond right away, but I pledge to get back to you as soon as possible during business hours (or on the next business day, if you’re emailing after hours). Remember to use my gmail address.
  5. If you see something on Blackboard and it’s not listed as something to be done before class, it’s probably not a good idea to do it. It’s quite likely that it’s something we need to go over first in order to make sure you’re clear on how to proceed.

For Friday, 10/30

October 23, 2015

Before

  • HW due: Design Your Sampling Strategy
  • Schutt, Chapter 10 (‘Qualitative Methods’)

During

  • Lab: Exploring Sampling

After

  • HW: Qualitative Data Analysis

For Friday, 10/23 (Week 8)

October 9, 2015

Before

  • HW due: Administer Your Survey
  • Review the chapters on survey research and sampling in Schutt (2015).
  • This is also a good time to further familiarize yourself with the literature on your topic, and to bring your research question into sharper focus; in regards to the latter, I strongly suggest that you review Topics 4 and 7 in Patten (2014).
  • Patten (2014), Topics 12-18

During

  • TBA

After

  • HW: TBA

For Friday, 10/16

October 3, 2015

At the beginning of the semester, I told you all that if you find it impossible to put your phone away during class time, then this would not be the class for you. I understand that there has been some frustration with the technical requirements of this class, what with all the blogging and Blackboarding and Google-Driving. But a lot of people have been having trouble following directions that are written out in detail and subsequently reviewed in class. When I stand in front of the class, I see a lot of phones out or even being furtively tapped upon, despite the fact that I’ve told you to put them away during class time. Given that researchers have found that the mere presence of a phone on the table or within view can significantly alter the quality of conversation, consider the possibility that at least some of your confusion might be cleared up by minimising the distraction of devices. As always, you can email me regarding other sources of confusion.

Before

  • HW due: Write a Survey (there is a link to it in the Bb announcement)
  • Schutt, Chapter 5 (‘Sampling’)
  • Patten (2014), Topics 27-31

The lab this week was marred by some kind of Google-server breakdown. I will of course accept late submissions, so long as you began them in class. (Reminder: it’s common courtesy to inform me if you need to leave early.)

During

  1. Lab: Pre-testing Your Survey

After

  • HW: Administer Your Survey