This blog has been created for the Research Project class of Malcolm McInerney at Thebarton Senior College. During the course the Researchit blog will provide ideas, thinking, course materials and general support for the SACE Stage 2 Research Project.
The Research Project is called that for a very good purpose, it is about research. The majority of your grade will be awarded for the quality of research you conduct. Hence today's lesson with Anne from the library was extremely important. Whilst only half the class was there, I hope the those absent take the time to talk to others who attended and follow up the research information I will put up on this blog posting.
The research required for the Research Project must go beyond the normal "Googling" process. A more comprehensive process is required which involves the fantastic database research facilities we were shown today. If you don't know how to use them just ask others and practice using them. The codes are available on the bookmarks supplied – get one from me or the library (I can't put them up on this public blog!). You must use the databases if you are doing any issue/topic based Research Project (maybe product projects may also find the databases of use as well). Moreover, when you have found the source you must citate in accordance with the Harvard system which Ann again demonstrated today. Don't leave the bibliography until the end, it should be collated as you go along correctly citated. Go to citation facility on the library link to create the correct citation of the source.
Hopefully you are all still doing your log?!!
Anyway, here are the links from today for you to play with and use. All your research is just a few clicks away!
1. LinksPlus: available to all TSC students using the password.
This is an amazing categorised data base of websites which have educational value for a huge range of issues/topics. LinksPlus is designed to guide research and save time for students, teachers and librarians. Go to http://www.weblinksresearch.com.au/login/, log in using the TSC User name and Password and start looking for sites for your issue/topic.
2. Newstext: available to all TSC students using the supplied password.
Newstext contains nearly 30 million articles from 150 News Corporation newspapers worldwide, and is updated daily. Most of the newspapers are published in Australia. The archive for some newspapers begins in 1984.
Just go to http://www.newstext.com.au/ and login using the TSC User Name and Password.
* Only open the article if the abstract looks promising (costs for each article opened).
* Print article, don’t ask for an email of the article because they all go to Anne in the library.
* Use “and” in your searches.
EBSCOhost databases and discovery technologies are the most-used, premium online information resources for tens of thousands of institutions worldwide, representing millions of end-users. It contains thousands of articles from magazines, journals etc on every imaginable topic/social issue.
As mentioned today, you will be required to present a folio of project progess and process. You should start the log now. I will expect you to bring the log to each lesson and show me as required to help you with the project.
That is, you should have a ringed folder with plastic sheets (containing all the handouts, collected materials, photocopies of printed material) and a A4 notebook with the entries started. Date each entry and if appropriate paste in any documents relevant to the entry. The entries may be cross referenced to the ring folder).
A well put together log makes it easier for me to see the process you have gone through with the project. The Folio assessment sheet gives you an idea of what I will be looking at.
The sort of things you could write in your log are:
* Summary of what is done each lesson/session of work on the project
* Reflective comment on progress
* Questions or problems that come up and possible solutions
* Diagrams showing your thinking
* Annotated articles
* List of references (books, articles, websites, - references using the Harvard Referencing system).
* Records of conversations or observations
* Future plans and time management ideas (timelines)
* Survey drafts
* Interview questions drafts
It is important to do this as we go. You cannot rely on remembering the process and all the refeences/drafts etc at the end when you are putting the product together.
The Research Project can take many forms. Think creatively about what you can create beside an essay/report (these are still fine products but there are other possibilities). Here are some ideas:
• advert • anthology • artefact • article • artwork • Blog • booklet • chart • computer program • design, diagram • drama script • essay • fashion page • guidelines • interactive media • issue report • key idea/concept • leaflet • letter • model • movie • performance • Photo Story presentation • oral presentation with slides • question • radio segment • report • scrapbook • sketch • song • speech • theory • webcam clips • webpage • wiki contributions • written report.
In fact, the nature of the product may influence your fine-tuned topic even at this stage. This point is supported by the attached Research project exercise on the relationship between the research topic and the research outcome.
It is necessary to mention if you go for a creative product, it is even more important that you journal accurately and thoroughly the process over time.
As mentioned in class today, complete the initial planning sheet and be prepared to hand up to me on Tuesday for discussion. I would prefer that you type the document after your written draft in class today. Just download and type your repsponses into the boxes.
It was really good to meet most of you all today for first time. I think you did great to listen to all the input today - this blog posting gives you the chance to take your time to read the documents related to the course and getting started with the Research Project. I suggest that you regularly check out the Researchit blog to see what has been posted. Welcome to the Researchit blog for the Research Project class of Malcolm McInerney at Thebarton Senior College. The blog has been created to provide resources, thinking, ideas and support for stduents undertaking the SACE Stage 2 Research Project. As the first entry we need to look at the actual SACE Research Project curriculum.
To start with I suggest you go to the SACE website for the Research project.
2. Today in class we started to begin thinking about what you may research using the attached document called “Beginning the Thinking for the Research Project”. This process involved identifying a topic you are interested in (hopefully passionate about)and then fine-tune it down to a valid, rigorous, challenging and achievable focus. This may be in the form of a question or hypothesis you will examine. Whilst a difficult process this stage is critical to get a research topic which you enjoy and get a good grade for (achieve able with rigour).
3. We also discussed the type of assessment which will be conducted during the Research Project.
In Thursday's lesson you will have the opportunity to fine-tune your topic that you gave in class today. Please feel free to change your topic if you have had further thought on what your Research topic could be. Use the attached design information to guide your response to the question: What are you planning to research? i.e. Subject topic topic and some possible Research topics.
Good luck at this really important first task for the course.