ADVANCED RESEARCH WORKSHOP - ONE
The ARW-1 is a week long intense investigation into the fundamental aspects of preparing an academic inquiry project. In this module, the SYP crew will examine the absolute beginning stages of a thorough advanced research project. The ARW-1 places significant emphasis on process strategies and adheres to Yoda's advice, "Do or Do not, there is no try."

STEP ONE
Determine your PURPOSE

Analysis/Examination requires a look at an issue in detail, explaining how it evolved, who/what it affects, and what is at stake
Review of Scholarship requires summaries of what key scholars and researchers have written about the issue

Survey requires you to gather opinion about particular issue.

Evaluation requires you to make critical judgments

Argument requires you to assemble evidence in support of claim you make.

STEP TWO
Identify Audience

Think about for whom you are writing

  • How familiar are your readers with subject?
  • What do they know/not know?
  • What aspects of your subject will interest them?
  • What background info do you need to provide?
  • What are the preconceived ideas/beliefs your readers might have on your subject?
  • Do you want to inform, change, or persuade your readers?

STEP THREE
Think about Project’s Length and Scope

  • What kind of research – library, survey, fieldwork (SYP = all of the above)?
  • How long?
  • How many sources?
  • What are the steps – outlines, rough drafts, final drafts, bibliography, Presentations?


STEP FOUR(or STEP ONE of the process)

Prepare BIG 3 (TOPIC, QUESTION, THESIS)

example #1


  • TOPIC:
(Economic impacts of casinos)

  • RESEARCHABLE QUESTION:
(How does the presence of a casino affect the economy of the community where it is located?)

  • WORKING THESIS:
(The economic impact of casino gambling on the communities in which it is located is mixed, with some businesses benefiting and others suffering.)


example #2

  • TOPIC:
(Mary Kingsley’s travels in West Africa)

  • RESEARCHABLE QUESTION:
(What was Kingsley’s attitude toward the people she encountered in West Africa, both native and European?)

  • WORKING THESIS:
(Mary Kingsley presented a view of West Africa contrary to the one prevailing in her time, because she valued the great diversity of native people, customs, and beliefs, and attacked European missionaries for doing more harm than good.)




STEP FIVE

Organize the Dome



PAPER

PROJECT
I Want to Know...

by
with
through
and








fieldwork
research

research
fieldwork

survey
interviews
experiments



surveys
interviews
experiments
building
making
writing




(adapted from the Brief Penguin Handbook)