Please read the article thoroughly for next Thursday’s article discussion. I encourage you to print this out, write your notes on the side and bring it to class so that each of us can reference the article during the discussion.
Choose only 1 of the two prompts to complete your blog post. Submit your responses by Tuesday evening, 11:59 PM.
1) Think about how the material you’ve learned so far (e.g. Positive Design) might relate to the material learned in your own discipline? Be sure to describe the some aspect of the article such as the authors’ framework, assumptions, and/or the projects they introduced in the paper, etc. What in particular was the interesting knowledge gained in the article?
2) Describe how this knowledge you’ve learned from the article led to the kinds of conversations or way of thinking that has occurred outside of the school. For example, has any of this new knowledge creep its way into your everyday conversations at work, with a friend/family, while in your thoughts on the subway, or another class. If this has not already happened, find a place or person, or space to engage in this conversation with and report back on this blog.
Please read the article on focus groups for the Thursday, Sept. 17 class session. You are encouraged to print the article and note your responses to the following two questions. Your responses should also be posted to the course Blog site by Tuesday evening, Sept. 15. We will discuss the article prior to the planned focus group exercise.
1. What are the benefits and potential limitations of focus groups according to the author?
2. What are some of the ethical issues that need to be considered in conducting focus groups?
3. Are there any ways that focus groups could be used effectively for a project within your discipline? Thin about an application of this research strategy within your discipline or in the context of the semester research project you are thinking of doing.
Today, (9/22) I am writing to inform you that there will be no to need post a blog in response to an article for this Thursday’s session. Instead, we will spend most of our time finishing up focus group, and I will go over the articles in class with you all. See you Thursday, 9/24