This guide was made to assist you in your Group Issue Research Assignment. It has six main components:
Guidance to narrowing your current issue into something appropriate for this assignment.
University of British Columbia Library's explanation of scholarly sources, popular sources, and trade sources. As well as a visual made by me depicting a simplified view of the peer-review process.
An introduction to the different search strategies often employed in academic databases, including keywords and subject headings.
A video introduction/recap to using ERIC Ebsco and ERIC Ovid to discover education journal articles, as well as links to helpful education-focused databases.
A series of links for education data sets organized by national-focus or Illinois-focus, originally curated by Sarah French.
A visual guiding how you might interrogate resources that you find in order to use them critically.
Group Issues Research Project (Objectives: 2, 8, 9)
An important aspect of this course is the understanding of educational issues and how they impact a teacher’s work in the classroom. A significant issues research project is required. Working in small groups of 3 to 4, students will research a current educational issue.
These elements must be addressed in the research project:
Documentary Style Presentation of Your Research Findings:
All groups will submit a digital file (.wmv or .mp4mov) of their movie, a reference list, and group member evaluations on the first day of movie presentations. One member from each group will post their movie to the assigned screening room and submit the reference list to his/her shared Dropbox folder. As an option for the day of presentation, group members may provide the instructor with a link to a Vimeo or YouTube video. However, a .wmv or .mp4mov should still be provided to the instructor.
Screening Room Review Requirements
Each student will also complete a peer review of each movie in the selected screening room. In addition, each student will compose two questions that can be asked during the café circle discussion held on the day of finals. These questions will serve to demonstrate the student’s thoughtful reflection after viewing the movie and his/her ability to make connections to the course content. Peer evaluation forms can be found on the course and screening room wikis.
(Note: Photo Story 3, a free program, can be used to create the movie on a Windows PC. No other equipment is necessary as the program uses still images, photographs or images retrieved online, to create a movie. A mic is necessary to record the narration. This program is loaded to all the COE lab machines. Mics are available for use in the main lab. Mac computers come equipped with iMovie. Workers in Studio TEACH are able and willing to assist you in making your movie. Please check for any related COVID restrictions that may impact how assistance is provided. As an alternative, groups may also record a rehearsed Zoom session for the documentary.)
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