ARE YOU CURIOUS? worksheet
Determining your Area-of-Curiosity [ A-O-C ]
This is an extension of the discussion we began on the first few days of class (and can reference your 3rd item on side 2.)
DUE_asap - via email (but no later than Friday 1/25/19)
shame in not knowing the answer.
What's important is asking the right question in order to find the answer.
|David Maiullo, Physics Support Specialist at Rutgers University [paraphrased]|
-As you will/have read in your textbook & we have discussed in class, the principle underlying ALL research is the desire to satisfy a curiosity. For example, researchers want to know: Why is that? How is that? Who is that? etc, etc.
-In brief, "research" is the act of applying "ways-of-knowing" to answer the questions of curiosity. It all starts with determining exactly what it is that YOU want to know.
-Here are some questions to help you focus your curiosity and brainstorm for a research area to pursue for your senior project.
-Copy & Paste the material below into a new document that you will complete & then email to me asap, but no later than the deadline above. [You should adjust the fonts and layouts to maintain legibility. Edit out unnecessary annotations]
♦ What are your top 4 "favorite" topics covered in your past Communication classes?
♦ What SPECIFIC type of research methods have you used in your past Communication classes? (indicate all that apply)
[if necessary, refer to current or past research-based texts for descriptions/clarifications]
▪ Historical/Critical briefly describe what you did
▪ Experimental briefly describe what you did
▪ Survey briefly describe what you did
▪ Naturalistic/Ethnographic briefly describe what you did
▪ Content/Textual briefly describe what you did
♦Of the items you listed for the preceding question, which one(s) did you enjoy the most? Do you know why?
♦ What previously studied Communication phenomenon /concept(s) made the most sense to you? (e.g. Systems Theory, Metacommunication, Uncertainty Reduction Theory, Implicit Personality Theory, Dialectical Theory, Third-Person Effect, Media Richness Theory etc.)
♦What previously studied Communication phenomenon /concept(s) puzzled you?
♦What previously studied Communication phenomenon /concept(s) did you absolutely disagree with?
♦Read the definition of Communication in Chapter 1. What aspect (subarea) is most relevant to your current life? to your planned future life? [if necessary, refer to one of your past Communication texts]
♦ So, what are YOU curious about?
page/chapter references = Communication Research Methods, current ed. - Merrigan & Huston