You will engage in a sociological research question and present your findings to the class.
Each student or a group of 2 people will define a significant social issue, choose a particular research method to collect data on the issue, and present your findings to the class of your data collection, analysis, conclusions, and where the question needs to go from here. You will present your findings on a tri-part presentation board during a class “fair.”
Also, your board should include:
1) A statement of the research question;
2) A history of the issue as a sociological concern;
3) An argument about why this issue is an important concern in today’s society;
4) A list of the questions you posed to respondents;
5) A description of your research method and
6) What that method offers and also obscures in findings;
7) A two page overview essay on your project;
8) A visual data graph or other display of your findings;
9) A conclusion, based on your findings; and
10) A brief discussion of what research needs to be done from here.
And, of course, a title on your board, your names, and any visuals (photographs) that you have of your process of interviewing and data collection should be included.
We will have a display of your work in class on Week Nine.
You will be graded on:
Identification of significant social concern
Appropriate data collection
Clarity and depth of inquiry
Accuracy of method and findings