Tuesday, 23 July 2013

General Feedback on your group write-up

.... plus some tips to help you move forward

General feedback on your group write-up

n  You need to be more specific about your research title, aims and subjects
n   Your research aim is what you seek to FIND OUT, not what you seek to improve or change... You find out the factors/ causes/ effects; then, you propose solutions to the problem based on your FINDINGS
n  Incoherent arguments in your justification... You yourselves must first understand the arguments that you're putting forward and be able to explain it in simple terms, off hand when asked.
n  START READING .... you're not reading enough about the topic on which you are researching


Example

Team B:
The title could be "An investigation of the effects of student-teacher relationships on SST students' participation in class"

This research aims to find out the effects of student-teacher relationships on SST students' participation in class.

The main research question is how do student-teacher relationships affect SST students' participation in class?


Team C:
The title could be "An investigation of the effects of technological gadgets on SST students' physical well-being"

This research aims to find out the effects of prolonged use of technological gadgets on SST students' physical well-being.

The main research question is how is the prolonged use of technological gadgets affecting SST students' physical well-being?


Team F:
The title could be "An investigation of SST students' attitude towards water conservation in school."

This research aims to find out the attitude of SST students towards water conservation in school.

The main research questions are what is the attitude of SST students towards water conservation in school and how is their attitude impacting water consumption in school?

PS: The other teams which need to narrow / scope their research area / titles / research questions, feel free to email me for consultation BEFORE you proceed to do your proposal video.  I've also included some feasible topics below** for your adoption / adaptation.

Subjects -  remember to specify e.g. 10 identified pairs of siblings in SST from Sec 1 to 4.

Research relevancy and feasibility - I think you're capable of handling this part.  Just remember your job is to convince the readers of what you're doing.

Data Collection Method - ensure that you have good idea of what data to collect and how to collect them.  If unsure, search for scholarly or academic articles related to your research project and learn how others did it.

e.g. Sample student class participation questionnaire




Survey questions / questionnaires / interview questions - needs to be valid and reliable


** Sample Topics (from last week) 

Big idea - Relationship

EQs 

What are the effects of gaming on academic achievement?
How does social media affect student’s self-identity?
How do we stop cyber bullying?
How can we build communities beyond cliques?
How can we cross cultural boundaries in school?


Big idea - Behaviour

EQs 

n What role does diversity in our school play?
n How does a person’s personality change in the cyber realm?
How does social media shape the behaviour of our students?
How are we learning formally / informally with digital media?


Big idea - Sustainability

EQs

How can we consume less?
How can we reduce our carbon footprint?
How can we reduce our paper consumption?
n How can we reduce our electrical consumption?
How can we improve recycling in our school?

Food Wastage sample:
Eating is a favourite past time for many Singaporeans.  However, it is also observed that it is not uncommon for people to waste food. According to a report by Rachel Lim (2011)++, 675 million kg of food was wasted in 2011.  The amount is enough to fill up 12 000 double-decker buses! At SST, it is observed that at least 3 out 5 students waste food during recess. 1 in 3 of them wastes half of the food he/ she bought. Food wastage is a concern because not only it impacts on waste management and the environment, it also reflects on our attitudes and behaviour.  Hence, a survey can be done to find out why students waste food, how they feel about food wastage and what can be done to reduce food wastage.  The findings can point to ways to change students’ behaviour or at least to persuade them to think about the issue at hand.
++ Source: Lim, R. (2011). How much do you love your food?.  Food and Travel Magazine. Retrieved online from:  http://makanmantra.com/in-the-press/

Monday, 22 July 2013

Sample scholarly resource

Here's a sample scholarly article

i. Measuring Student Relationships to School: Attachment, Bonding, Connectedness and Engagement

Rubrics for Video Presentation (20%)


4. VIDEO PRESENTATION (20%):DUE MONDAY, 29 July 2013 @ 9.00 am


Criteria
Accomplished - 4
Adequate - 3
Developing -2
Limited - 1
Content & Organization
Is your project organized and documented?
Video shows a continuous progression of ideas, and tells a complete, easily followed  story/information. Well-documented and organised. Excellent, well thought explanation shows superior effort.
Fairly well documented and organised. Format is easy to follow. Good explanation shows good effort.
Portions may be poor documented and/or organised. Hard to follow the progressions of the story. Explanation shows some effort.
Not organised. Difficult to follow. Poor quality shows poor effort.
Usefulness
Does your video stay focused on an informative topic?  Does it convince the audience about your research idea?
Project is focused and very informative; very relevant and convinces the audience to support the research idea.
Project is focused and informative; somewhat relevant and is able convince the audience to support the research idea.
Project demonstrated development of Project’s usefulness is in question. Audience may not be convinced by there is an attempt to persuade the.
Project’s usefulness is in question.  Does not inform; does not stay focused on the topic.
Creativity & Elements of Design – Is your video interesting?  Did your choice of elements such as film clips, pictures, backgrounds, and transitions enhance the project?
Excellent sense of design.  Effective camera/visual presentation techniques used for the video and pictures.  Video and pictures are well-focused and of good quality.  Smooth transitions are appropriate and aid in delivery of the presentation.
Good use of graphics and/or other design elements.  Some transitions are inappropriately placed.  Sound quality is OK.  Video clips or pictures are clear and in focus.
Minimal use of design elements.  No transitions.  Sound is lacking or inappropriate or scratchy.  Some pictures or video clips may be out of focus or “shaky”.
Use of elements detracts from video.  Too many or too gaudy graphics; transitions, too many clips, backgrounds and/or sounds detract from content.  Pictures or video clips may be out of focus or “shaky”.
Mechanics – Did you check your grammar and usage?  Have you correctly documented sources and obeyed copyright rules?
Grammar, spelling, punctuation, capitalization are correct; sources are documented correctly and copyright law has been followed.
Good use of graphics and/or other design elements.  Some transitions are inappropriately placed.  Sound quality is OK.  Video clips or pictures are clear and in focus.
Includes 3 – 4 grammatical errors, misspellings, punctuation errors; some sources are documented but not correctly.
Includes five or more grammatical errors, misspellings, punctuation errors; sources are not documented.

Rubrics for Research Justification (20%)


Criteria
Accomplished – 4
Adequate – 3
Developing – 2
Limited – 1
Focus
(Title)
The topic is focused with clear indication of the subjects of study
The topic is quite focused with some indication of the subjects of study
The topic is quite focused
The topic is not focused
Significance
of
project
Comprehensively demonstrates that the project is practical and relevant to society in general
Sufficiently demonstrates that the project is practical and relevant to society in general
Somewhat demonstrates that the project is practical and relevant to society in general
Vaguely demonstrates that the project is practical and relevant to society in general
Feasibility
and
manageability
of
project
This project is highly feasible and manageable within the students abilities
This project feasible and manageable within the students abilities
This project is somewhat feasible and manageable within the students abilities
This project is not feasible and manageable
Accessibility to sufficient information and resources (possible methods of data collection)
There is access to sufficient information and research subjects in this project
There is access to information and research subjects in this project
There is access to some resources in this project
There is no access to resources in this project
Identification and evaluation of the resources for the project
Detailed identification of relevant and reliable information
Clear identification of relevant and reliable information
Attempts to identify relevant and reliable information
Minimal identification of relevant and reliable information
Generation of ideas
Ideas are insightful and/or innovative
Ideas are appropriately modified and/or developed
Ideas are largely rehashed with little modification
Ideas are largely rehashed with no modification
Referencing of sources (See reference section)
All the sources of information used are referenced correctly
Most of the information used are referenced correctly
Some of the information used are referenced correctly
None of the information used are referenced correctly

Additional sources; all sources are properly cited within the performance task according to APA style.
Additional sources; most sources are properly cited within the performance task according to APA style.
No additional sources; few sources are properly cited within the performance task according to APA style.
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Monday, 15 July 2013

Lesson Three

Hi All,

Please find the links for today's resources, as below:

Slides

Sample for research justification

Individual assignment

Group assignment:
Your group post must have the following components.


  • Blog post title - Same as your research title
  • Research title e.g. "An investigation of food wastage by SST Students."
  • Aims of research - "This research is related to.... (state which Big Idea). It aims to ..... (list which essential questions you intend to address)"
  • Subject(s) of study - "This research will study a group of students.. / five students who are... "
  • Relevancy of research

  1. Why is your research important?
  2. How does it contribute to existing body of knowledge?
  3. How does your research contribute to/impact the society or community? 

  • Cite related articles (as evidence in support of your research)
  • Explain the feasibility and manageability of your research
  • Methodology
Procedures
  1. How are you going to gather data?
  2. How are you going to collate data?
  3. How are you going to sift and sort data i.e. which data is important?


Data Analysis
  1. How are you going to analyse the data?
  2. How are you going to present the data?

Deadline: Monday, 22 July @ 9am. Person responsible to upload group post is Research Specialist.

Person responsible for leading discussion is Project Manager.
Person responsible for editing content of group post is Communications Manager.
Person responsible for drafting story board for proposal video is Multimedia Manager.

Video story board (for a clip that is about one minute long)
Think of how you can present your research problem in an interesting way/ a manner that grabs attention/ sets people thinking .  Think of how you can present your research aims, relevancy and methodology in a clear and comprehensible manner.


Thursday, 11 July 2013

Here's what you wrote...

Here's what you wrote during the check-in activity.

You can export them as PDF using the fourth icon from the top in the right-hand panel.

Task 1:


Task 2:


Monday, 8 July 2013

IRS Group Blog



9 July 2013

Let's do a check-in activity:
Task 1 -  http://padlet.com/wall/h4t9a8h8ti

Task 2 - http://padlet.com/wall/fmo91ft6c


4 July 2013

To All,

Ensure that you have done your homework before coming to class on Tuesday.  You need to do a short write up between 100 to 150 words on a topic that you think is worth researching based on any of the given themes - Sustainability, Relationships, Behaviour.  Include sources in your write up.

An example done by a student,

"Eating is a favourite past time for many Singaporeans.  However, it is also observed that it is not uncommon for people to waste food. According to a report by Rachel Lim (2011), 675 million kg of food was wasted in 2011.  The amount is enough to fill up 12 000 double-decker buses!  Food wastage is a concern because not only it impacts on waste management and the environment, it also reflects on our attitudes and behaviour.  Hence, a survey can be done to find out why people waste food, how they feel about food wastage and what can be done to reduce food wastage.  The findings can point to ways to change people's behaviour or at least to persuade them to think about the issue at hand."

Source: Lim, R. (2011). How much do you love your food?.  Food and Travel Magazine. Retrieved online from:  http://makanmantra.com/in-the-press/

Save your work in Pages and be prepared to present in class.