For 27.11.18

What is a proper portfolio submission?

These exercises are designed to help you …

  • Check your understanding, clarify your thought, and remember
  • To help you pay attention in the first place, as half of life is just showing up
  • To help you gain valuable practice reading and writing, because your term paper requires weeks of thought, revision, and working through and waiting until the last week is a recipe for little more than panic, punishment, and failure
  • My favorite homework for last week was the student who write down four lines only, one for each of the research question’s four parts, because in this minimal way she both respected the assignment and demonstrated that she understood and because it prepared her for the moment in class when she felt safe, supported, and courageous to speak and speak she did with smarts, eloquence, and grace
  • A proper portfolio submission reflects at least two hours of thoughtful attention to the assigned material, your effort to learn, and your achievement, in the form of notes, illustrating how you have changed your thought
  • There are no wrong answers, no mistakes: the only mistake you might possibly make is not trying

What is a proper Research Question?

Examine Chapter 4 of The Craft of Research, “From Questions to a Problem” until you understand it deeply

'He who reads a story only once, reads the same story everywhere …’ -Roland Barthes

Reading for Understanding You will soon discover that you already know these concepts from daily life, but likely not yet in the classroom or in academic research and writing, so I’ll walk you through the lesson of 19.11.16

  • Read Strategically. Scan the chapter to remind yourself that a research question has four parts and that the chapter explains each in sections 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.3, and 4.2.4: Identify the example with all four parts, identify each section, look at your watch and give yourself about 5 minutes to read, outline, summarize, and explain each section
  • Read to think. Read only the first two sentences of 4.2.1, lift your eyes off the page, imagine what is going on, and write down a few notes, sentences, or diagram, and identify where and when you have seen this, felt this, recognized this, and lived this distinction
  • Read to share with others. We all laughed when one of us explained the two parts of 4.2.1 as similar to being far away from home: as both painful and an opportunity: such laughter means the example worked for everyone, suggests a deeper recognition or truth, and so is likely worth memorizing and use
  • Talk to write. When we explain to others, we converse and so enjoy going back and forth, questioning, clarifying, challenging, and agreeing and so testing our understanding until we and our partners agree we have have understood: write that down, because it happened, at least one other will confirm that it happened, and things that happen are easier and often more lifelike than ideas, which are often quite abstract and hard to remember

Reading for Principles

  • This is big, fundamental, a universal truth. Learn this to use for your term paper, your MA thesis, and for every conversation in between
  • There will be a test. Even though some of your instructors might say only that they want to talk about your research topic, what they think, expect, and will grade you on is a proper research question and especially, its third, conceptual part
  • Expectations.. Whenever you meet researchers and professionals, their distinguishing features include their expectations: they expect you to act and think in certain ways (and not as amateurs or the general public): a proper research question is something every professional expects, even if he or she might not be able to make it explicit like this text or as we do in class

Reading to Write

As you figure out chapter 4, apply what you are learning to your research topic, starting today

  • Do not wait until your professor assigns the term paper, but apply chapter 4 to your main interest right away so you might check your understanding (of both research questions and your topic), clarify your thought, and remember
  • Nobody cares about you. Really, and you would not run your business any other way, either: you care only for what others might do to help drive the enterprise forward, so write down what interests you for you, absolutely, and be assured that I will get very excited and supportive of what interests you, but then go look it up and
  • Find out what the big boys and girls have to say about your topic. Really, look up “current issues YourTopic 2018 x” where x= kpmg, Deloitte, ey, hbr, McKinsey, etc., and discover not only that they are primarily concerned with your research question’s third part, but that they have developed comprehensive surveys, put things into proportion, offer much of the relevant, high-level concepts and vocabulary, and basically “follow the money” — figure out what the top managers are talking about before you head off on some frolic of your own. (see my Search).

Also for next week, Mendeley

Mendeley. Download, install, and enter three of your bibliographic entries in Harvard style.

Don’t forget your portfolio!!!

These exercises are for you, because practice makes perfect, arriving in class prepared makes for learning, seeing your work helps me prepare for class, too!

  • Please do not forget that at the end of the class, for our final class meeting, you are required to collate your homework into one pdf file, which I will print out the day before, and that I will give you a grade on the basis of this the end of the course you will assemble them in a Portfolio so I can give you a grade. It is never too late to start!