see this semester's syllabus for due dates: Spring 2018


In Advance:

                Read Stop Googling. Let's Talk. [Sunday 9/27/15 Sunday Review section/p.1]. This is a researched “Op-Ed” article published in the New York Times.  Interestingly, it was written a few years ago, but reflects a current topic in today's discussions about our  current ultra-mediated lives. 

Although it is not an official scholarly research report, it does contain many examples of and references to (1) research techniques,  (2) actual investigative studies, and (3) principles of argumentation.


In-Class- Part 1:

1.       You will be matched with a partner(s)

2.       You & your partner will begin your discussion & creation of answers to the questions in the worksheet below. Complete your work outside of class, as necessary. One copy of the completed worksheet will be handed in at the beginning of the Part 2 class session.  (printed/typed preferred  //  copy & paste into a new document)



In-Class- Part 2:   The theme for the class session on __(tbd)___  will be = “Asking the Right Question the Right Way: Essentials of Investigation”. Class discussion will proceed thematically with teams called on to contribute their results accordingly.







 Deadline for Hard Copy submission  for worksheet below  = _____(to be confirmed)______ [1 per team]


WORKSHEET: Essential Investigative/Research Know-How -

How much do you know about "Research Culture????


{There’s no problem with not knowing the answer. What’s important is asking the right question in order to find out.  [rough paraphrase of David Maiullo, physics support specialist-That Physics Show][ & MANY] similar quotes exist among all sorts of investigators & researchers]  }

 Partners:   _________________________________________& __________________________________________


REMINDER: The assigned article [Googling...Talk] asserts a claim about the impacts that personal technologies are having upon our capabilities for face-to-face communication.
Re: Epistemological Paradigms (Ways of Knowing)
              [1] Any good researcher realizes that where you stand determines what you will see. (ackn. Paul Byers, TC/Columbia Univ.) As an
                 investigator, how does that realization affect the concept of EPISTEM
Y? – either Formal or Everyday [FWOK or EWOK]
  Re: Research Design (Methodologies)
                  [2] The writer of the article alludes to several specific research studies. Select one. What specific research method would you use
                  if you wanted to
REPLICATE that study’s findings? …if you wanted to TRIANGULATE its findings? (Be sure you understand these
                        research terms & you also can refer to your textbook)
  Re: Toulmin/Argumentation
                  [3] Although it is not a conventional  Research Report, nevertheless,  the article’s author (Sherry Turkle)  asserts a core CLAIM.
               [see reminder summary above].
 But it's important to be precise. Exactly what is Turkle’s CLAIM? (Phrase in a complete
              [4] List 3-4 items of EVIDENCE (DATA)  that the author (Turkle) uses to support that CLAIM.
                  [5] What is/are the WARRANT/S used to connect the evidence back to the claim by indicating why this data should be considered   
proof of the CLAIM’s 
  Re: Reliability & Validity (or not)
                 [6] Based on research methods criteria, how important is it for a communication research study to demonstrate VALIDITY?
                RELIABILITY? (What’s the difference?)
                 [7] The writer alludes to several specific research studies. Select one. From the information given in the article, can you tell if the
               study’s findings are VALID? If you can’t, what else would you need to know in order to make that assessment? (Remember,
               VALIDITY has a specific meaning in research culture)

[8] The writer alludes to several specific research studies. Select one. From the information given in the article, do you think that

                 the findings from that particular study  have RELIABILITY ( i.e. are “replicatable”/”generalizable”) ?

                 (Remember, RELIABILITY [EXTERNAL VALIDITY]  has a specific meaning in research culture).

  Re: Communication Studies concepts 
                [9] Draw on your knowledge base as a Communication Major to discuss why 99% of the communication contexts discussed
                throughout the article would be classified as: Interpersonal Communication Contexts? What does that term even mean??
                 [10] Draw on your knowledge base as a Communication Major. Are there any additional insights from your previous studies that are
                   relevant to this article’s topic?
  Re: Conducting Primary Investigations
                [11] Conduct a 2-3 day, observational study. Observe & assess situations similar to the ones mentioned by the article’s author.
                 Overall, did your observations corroborate or contradict the assertions in the article?












UPDATED 1/23/18

ORAL ASSIGNMENT: In class on 1/24, each team  will have about 5-7 minutes to EXPLAIN/DISCUSS their answer to one of the worksheet topic areas as assigned below.  These presentations should include clarifications of all key terms involved.

WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT: Each team member should write up HALF of the answers that  you generated on the worksheet.  (team 6 should split the task 3 ways). Remember, you can copy & paste the original questions from the online document.  These write ups are due by Friday -- which is the same due date for your A-O-C submission. If you want, you can send both documents via the same email cover letter.


#1-- Re: Epistemological Paradigms (Ways of Knowing) [incl question 1]   Tammy & Saumya

#2 --Re: Research Design (Methodologies)[ including question 2]  Aubrey  & Cassie


#3 --Re: Toulmin/Argumentation[ including questions 3,4,5]  Emma & Leslie


#4 --Re: Reliability & Validity (or not)[ including questions 6,7,8]   Blaine & David


#5 --Re: Communication Studies concepts [including questions 9,10] –   Matt  & Matt


#6 --Re: Conducting Primary Investigations [ including question 11]--  Jake & Bernice & Billy