Research question - again
You have developed an initial research question to investigate during this session. You have imagined that you are taking another course that you are enjoying, in SILS or in your major. You have imagined that you are assigned to write a term paper in that course on a topic relevant to the class. This imaginary, and hopefully pleasant, context is what you have used to select the research question you will work on for this project. Now, it's time to see if your question needs refining.
Since your second draft will be a modification of your initial draft, you will be using the same formatting in your paper. If you need a visual guide to what a research question might look like, here are some examples to use:
- A description of how to format your paper
- An example of a second draft of a research question formatted according to the instructions above
An MSWord template you may use if you choose. You don't have to use the
fonts in this format, but do remain constant in your use of fonts
- all objects formatted as Heading 1, for example, should use the same font
- all objects formatted as Body Text, for example, should use the same font
Use the same format for both the first and second drafts of your research question.
There are 2 deliverables for this assignment:
Two drafts of your research question will be due, posted to a blog, one by the end of the day on Monday, 23 June 2008 and the second by the end of the day by Sunday, 29 June 2008.
- Your second question description should include your revised question, and a
brief write-up of how and your reasons why the question has changed.
- A journal of the development of your research question over the course of the semester will be due with your complete project documentation at the end of the semester.
- Your question may well evolve during the course of your working on the session-long assignment. For example, sub-questions may develop as you learn more about your topic, or the question itself may change as your interests change during the process of information retrieval.
- As you continue to turn in portions of this assignment, you should also be creating a journal of the development of your question: you will submit this journal as a part of your final project.
- Every change to your question should be documented, with a brief description of the reason(s) for the revision.
- You may ask the professor to review revisions at any time. The final version of the question will be the basis for the final report of the assignment.
The standards which will be used for grading this task are listed on the downloadable gradesheet.