Note: These resources are intended to supplement class
lectures. If you do not attend the lectures on working with
Census data, creating PowerPoint presentations, etc., the information
on this page may not be very useful.
for Creating Graphs and Presentations
on Writing a Paper
How Much Is the Assignment Worth?
- The best all-around source is the Online Writing Lab (OWL)
at Purdue: http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/.
- Click on The
Writing Process in the right-hand navigation frame
a Thesis Statement and Developing
at Outline are particularly helpful.
- What should your ethnography include? Ah, the big
question! Actually, this information has existed for you from
the beginning of this project.
- As that information indicates, your ethnography
- be a maximum of five typed
double-spaced pages (not including cover page and Works
Cited), formatted in MLA
style that provides
- Team and/or Individual Info
- Your name
- Names of the members of your team (if applicable)
- Neighborhood you studied (a map is always helpful!)
- Date(s) and time(s) of your field study
- Method(s) of field study you
- Method(s) of field study employed by others in your
team (if applicable)
- Your general conclusions about the various
perceptions of your team or others in your mentor session regarding
your cluster: Did everyone observe the same sorts of
phenomena, or did the observations appear to vary according to
methodology, specific location, time of day, or personality of the
observer? Are there commonalities that all observers shared
regarding the neighborhood? What were the primary
differences, and how would you account for them?
- How did you feel, ethically, doing this
- Independent Research
- Other qualitative method(s) you employed, including
- Quantitative method(s) you employed, including the
types of questions you asked and the data sources you used
- What else did you learn about your neighborhood cluster
from your supplementary qualitative analysis (e.g., historical records,
newspaper articles, online blogs)? Did you find information that sheds
further light on your cluster's "personality"?
- What types of questions did you ask that you answered
through quantitative analysis? Present one or two graphs (your report
should not be page after page of graphs) that really "make your point."
- How did your quantitative analysis relate to the
qualitative part of the project? What types of information did it
provide that you could not get from quantitative analysis alone? And,
alternatively, what kinds of information did the qualitative research
provide that could not have come from mere number crunching?
- Were you surprised by anything you learned?
Did this assignment help you "see" or "experience" the city in a way
you hadn't before? If so, how?
Here is what you should get from this assignment:
- Some experience, practice, and familiarity with
- ethnography as a research method
- working with census and other quantitative demographic data
- combining quantitative and qualitative research approaches to answer research questions
- working in a team (optional)
- getting to know urban neighborhoods (i.e., communities) with which you are not familiar
- working with spreadsheets to create graphs
- inserting graphs into word processing documents
- the writing process: brainstorming, thesis development, organization, writing, drafting, revising, editing, proofreading
- working with PowerPoint
- making a succinct and effective oral presentation before an audience, using visual aids
Everything in this assignment other
than ethnography research methodology (field observation), getting to
know a Portland neighborhood, and working with census data should be
review; as sophomores and above, you should have already be familiar with these skills, and this project should be an opportunity for you to practice what you already know. If you do not have these skills yet, then this is an opportunity for you to learn them before you need to use them again.
So, beyond knowledge, experience, practice, and the value of learning in and of itself, the presentation is worth 50 points, and the paper is worth 150 points, which are divided roughly as follows:
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