Are you curious? worksheet

                             Determining your Area-of-Curiosity [ A-O-C ]

This is an extension of the discussion we began on the first day of class (and can reference your 3rd item on side 2.)

DUE_asap - via email  (but no later than Friday 1/26/18)

 

There's no 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 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?

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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

 

 

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