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Senior Capstone Project: Guide

Research 

Topic Brainstorm -

Community Problem Solvers

"Real community problems are likely to be complex."

Can't Think of a Problem to Solve?

Rather than aim for a complete problem list, here are some criteria you may consider when identifying community problems:

  • The problem occurs too frequently (frequency)
  • The problem has lasted for a while (duration)
  • The problem affects many people (scope, or range)
  • The problem is disrupting to personal or community life, and possibly intense (severity)
  • The problem deprives people of legal or moral rights (equity)
  • The issue is perceived as a problem (perception)

[From:  Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas. ]

Local Community Global Community
Subject Guide to Tennessee Legislation 

7 Real-World Issues That Can Allow Students To Tackle Big Challenges

Tennessee Education

Tennessee School Vouchers - https://tn.chalkbeat.org/2022/9/19/23362053/school-voucher-tennessee-memphis-nashville-lawsuit-arguments

Tennessee Charter Schools  - https://apnews.com/article/education-michigan-tennessee-nashville-school-boards-f186007e024fb3fdacc03b0310817381

Tennessee Book bans and legislation - https://tn.chalkbeat.org/2022/9/1/23331530/school-library-law-stresses-teachers-classroom-books

Tennessee Climate, Environment, and Sustainability

 

Local Committees and Services

https://townofbellbuckle.com/

Town Mayor - Ronnie Lokey

Vice Mayor - Betsy Wheeler

Town Recorder - Janet Robinson

  • Bell Buckle Beautification Committee
  • Bell Buckle Volunteer Fire Department  931-389-6940  tobbtn@charter.net
  • Bell Buckle Park & Tree Board Committee - https://bellbucklepark.info/board-committee/
  • Bell Buckle Water Treatment Plant
  • Cascade Elementary School 931-389-0031 walkerc@bedfordk12tn.net

 

Food Insecurity –  

 

 

https://www.wgnsradio.com/section/39/volunteer-of-the-week

Projects that kids and teens have worked on that made a difference.

Marley Dias [1000 Black Girl Books] - https://www.marleydias.com/about/

Amina Anekwe [#EndPeriodPoverty campaign] -  https://grassrootscommunityfoundation.org/supergirl-amina-news/

 

 

Global Energy Costs/ Crisis

Possible solutions for European energy crisis - Fundraising for solar power kits for the poor in Germany and Ukraine 

https://www.npr.org/2022/08/23/1118813295/as-germany-struggles-in-energy-crisis-more-turn-to-solar-to-help-power-homes

 

Global Warming
Food Waste
Student Debt
Reparations
Electronic Waste
Mass Incarceration
Voting Access
The Electoral College
Media Consolidation
Campaign Finance

 

Community Research

Emerging Voices: Find Your Voice, Use your Voice!

Examine a specific, preferably local or community-related, issue

Develop a practical, viable solution for addressing the issue in order to create change within the community.

Questions to ask

 

The Webb School encourages you not to be a spectator.  The Emerging Voices program urges students to find their voices.  So, let’s take a hand in the game and use our voices to affect change.  

Your goal in the senior research project is to identify a specific problem within a community and argue for a potential solution for that problem. 

The problem must be sufficiently significant to warrant the attention of a given community.  However, it should also be addressable -- at least in some small part -- in the scope of this project.

See here and here for recent examples of young people doing exactly this kind of work.  Granted, the scale of these projects is probably a bit larger than we might accomplish this quarter, but they should serve as inspiration.  

 

Be inventive and seek original solutions to real-world problems.  Your ability to solve problems, big and small, will be immensely valuable at the personal, academic, and professional level.  So, too, will your ability to construct effective proposals such as the one we’ll be writing this quarter.


25 Ideas for doing Community or local Research

“Primary research involves collecting data about a given subject directly from the real world. ” [Driscoll & Brizee]

  1. Interview an Expert or Professional face to face

  2. Interview an Expert or Professional via phone, Skype, OR email

  3. Visit a Museum

  4. Tour a Factory or Business

  5. Volunteer at an organization

  6. Attend a meeting or service [church, brotherhood, fraternity, society, club]

  7. Shadow an expert [in person or online]

  8. Draw insight from an Internship or Externship

  9. Volunteer or attend a Camp or Retreat

  10. Attend a cultural festival [PowWow, Storytelling festival, African Street Festival,  Nashville Greek Festival, etc.]

  11. Participate in an event [charity or community]

  12. Curation - Creating a collection of resources [physical or online]

  13. Following Twitter Feeds or Blogs - journaling your impressions

  14. Starting a Twitter Feed or blog about your topic

  15. Keeping a research journal

  16. Video Journal an experience

  17. Conduct an Experiment

  18. Test Computer Code

  19. Create an App to address a need

  20. Chart a Contrast/Comparison 

  21. Creating an “Infographic” to include in your presentation

  22. Questionnaires to a small group of people

  23. Survey a group [survey must be approved by Teacher and Lead Adviser]

  24. Create a Statistical survey

  25. Opinion Poll within a group or organization

Articles

JSTOR

GALE

The Tennessean - Full-text articles from The Tennessean newspaper. Provides Nashville and Middle Tennessee regional coverage.

Ebooks

Newspapers

See the Library Staff for print copies of the Shelbyville Times Gazette and Murfreesboro Daily News Journal


 

Topic Selection is Research

Choosing a topic is a process.  Choose a topic that is neither too broad nor too narrow. Make sure that enough scholarly material is available on the topic.  When was the last time you were listening to the television, news, or a speaker and you felt compelled to “fact check”? What Broad Discipline do you find most interesting? List 1-2 things that you think might be viable research topics.

For Task Definition or Topic Selection checkout

GALE Topic Finder   and   JSTOR Text Analyzer 

 

1970s Retro Literary Topic Starters

Modern Topic Starters

AP and Current Affairs Starters

 

"Pre-search" or "Google it"

You will conduct “pre-search” to ensure that your topic is viable.

Make sure that enough scholarly material is available on the topic.

Type 10-20 Key Words to use in your pre-search 

Here are some Tips for Google

Background Research [Lit Review]

Questions to ask and answer in your research:

To help avoid plagiarism the reading/research strategy of journalistic questioning is recommended. The "Gist" worksheet allows you to make notes on a book or article, and then put the source away and write from your notes. The strategy includes the 5Ws and H -- Who, What, When, Where, Why and How 

Kick Start Questions for Background Research [Lit Review]

WHAT - What is my paper about? What are the key points? 
WHY- Why am I writing about this? Why should anyone care? 
WHO - Who are the researchers in the field? Who am I writing about? 
WHERE - Where does the research take place? Is there a prominent location in the study?
WHEN - When does the research take place? What dates are significant? 
HOW - How was the research conducted
 

Summation of the source [focus on what is unique about the source] A brief evaluation statement(s) [is this a "scholarly" source or not] How the work is relevant to your research [How, specifically, do you intend to use the source (e.g. as evidence to support a claim, as a counter-argument, etc.)] 

Webb Library Catalog

Subscription Databases

Free Online Journals

Humanities

STEM                 

JURN finds arts and humanities journals, book chapters, and theses. Science Direct site has 250,000 open-access articles.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) searches more than 7,000 open-access journals, which are searchable at the article level. Wiley free and open-access journals.
High Wire Press boasts that it provides “the largest archive of free full-text science on Earth!” Look for journals marked “free site.” National Institutes of Health offers some of the most extensive access to health research.
 

Writing and Sharing

Writing a Thesis Statement

Writing the Paper

 

Ms. Camp style Outline 

Jump Start:

Write your paper with the presentation in mind.  

Maybe even build your presentation slides to help organize and outline the paper.   

Things to include in the Presentation: 

  • · Introduction
  • · Background Research
  • · Primary Research Methods
  • · Primary Research Findings
  • · Conclusion

 

Introduction

How will you introduce the topic to the audience? 

· Brief gripping story or anecdote

· Surprising, and highly significant facts or statistics

· Summary of a compelling case study

· Powerful quote that leads into your research

Background Research:

  • WHO - Who are the researchers in the field? Who am I writing about?
  • WHERE - Where does the research take place? Is there a prominent location or institution in the research?
  • WHAT - What are the relevant studies? What is the state of the art today? 
  • WHEN - When does the research take place? What dates are significant?
  • HOW – How was the research conducted? How have others gone about trying to solve problems you want to tackle, and in what ways will your approach build on and vary from previous work?

 

Primary Research 

Primary Research Methodology:

Write about how you conducted research - Methodology [Primary Research - Survey, Interview, Test, Experiment, Case Study, Contrast/Comparison, Project Journal, and Internship] 

Primary Research Findings:

Data to include - Findings/Data/Results  

[Explanation of your results can include the use of Tables, Photos, and Maps]

Cite Your Sources

Presentation Tips

Presentation Rubric

Things to include in the Presentation: 

  • · Introduction
  • · Background Research
  • · Primary Research Methods
  • · Primary Research Findings
  • · Conclusion

 

Introduction

How will you introduce the topic to the audience? 

· Brief gripping story or anecdote

· Surprising, and highly significant facts or statistics

· Summary of a compelling case study

· Powerful quote that leads into your research

Background Research:

  • WHO - Who are the researchers in the field? Who am I writing about?
  • WHERE - Where does the research take place? Is there a prominent location or institution in the research?
  • WHAT - What are the relevant studies? What is the state of the art today? 
  • WHEN - When does the research take place? What dates are significant?
  • HOW – How was the research conducted? How have others gone about trying to solve problems you want to tackle, and in what ways will your approach build on and vary from previous work?

 

Primary Research 

Primary Research Methodology:

Write about how you conducted research - Methodology [Primary Research - Survey, Interview, Test, Experiment, Case Study, Contrast/Comparison, Project Journal, and Internship] 

Primary Research Findings:

Data to include - Findings/Data/Results  

[Explanation of your results can include the use of Tables, Photos, and Maps]

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