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.
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
Interview an Expert or Professional face to face
Interview an Expert or Professional via phone, Skype, OR email
Visit a Museum
Tour a Factory or Business
Volunteer at an organization
Attend a meeting or service [church, brotherhood, fraternity, society, club]
Shadow an expert [in person or online]
Draw insight from an Internship or Externship
Volunteer or attend a Camp or Retreat
Attend a cultural festival [PowWow, Storytelling festival, African Street Festival, Nashville Greek Festival, etc.]
Participate in an event [charity or community]
Curation - Creating a collection of resources [physical or online]
Following Twitter Feeds or Blogs - journaling your impressions
Starting a Twitter Feed or blog about your topic
Keeping a research journal
Video Journal an experience
Conduct an Experiment
Test Computer Code
Create an App to address a need
Chart a Contrast/Comparison
Creating an “Infographic” to include in your presentation
Questionnaires to a small group of people
Survey a group [survey must be approved by Teacher and Lead Adviser]
Create a Statistical survey
Opinion Poll within a group or organization
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
Tennessee and Local Issues
|Non-local issues with possible local, novel solutions might include:|
The Opioid Crisis in TN Communities
The Electoral College
"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
we’ll focus primarily on the research and essay writing. Presentations of research will take place in the spring.
The paper will be 6-8 pages in length, MLA formatted, and will require a minimum of 6 scholarly sources including a primary source.
|We will be working on the essay in stages throughout this marking period. You will be provided details for each assignment. Below is a tentative schedule of some important dates. Specific dates will depend on the class period. Assignments will be posted and submitted through Canvas.|
|Week of October 19:||three possible topics + proposal|
|Week of October 26:||working bibliography + notecards|
|Week of Nov. 2:||notecards complete + outline|
|Week of Nov. 9:||half draft|
|Week of Nov. 16:||second half draft|
|Week of Dec. 1:||complete rough draft|
|Week of Dec. 7th:||final draft due|
Writing a Thesis Statement
Things to include in the Presentation:
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
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]
Get Ideas from these Google Slides Templates