Additional Notes for the Field Research Project
These additional notes explain what you need to write for each section. It’s a “step by step review.” The complete field research project should contain each of the sections in the Field Research Guidelines document. The paper should have 1.5 line spacing and be written in font 12 Times New Roman.
When you start a new section, please start on a new page (for example, go to a new page for the “Literature Review” when you are done writing your “Introduction” and so on). At the beginning of each section, the following titles should appear in bold, underlined, and size 14 font on a separate new page:
The information that should appear on your cover page is listed in the presentation called “Field Research Guidelines.” You can also add a photo or two if you like.
This is a brief summary of everything from your Introduction to your Conclusion. It should be 5 to 7 lines long. Though this appears in the beginning of the paper, people usually write this last because you briefly mention some of your later findings in it.
At the very least, this should be half a page long. In here you will introduce the culture you are studying.
Also explain the population you will study: Your population can be of a specific age group, gender, or behavior (people who are fans of a certain type of music or people who act in “Off Broadway” plays for example). Your population can also be general, such as people of all ages who come from a certain geographic location. Your sample will just be a number: How many people will you interview and how many surveys will you distribute? (See the methods section for an idea of what your sample should be.)
At the end of your introduction, list your two hypotheses that are the two “educated guesses” that you are trying to prove or disprove. So the entire point of this paper is to either prove whether your hypotheses seem valid or not. Each hypothesis can be one or two sentences long.
Choose at least three authors or theories listed in your textbook or from other sources, and describe your topic using those three theories. This section should be at least one and a half to two pages long.
Describe the methods you will use to conduct research on the culture you chose. How will you do your research? I have listed some methods you can use in the presentation called “Field Research Guidelines.” Surveys can be kept short, at around four to six questions. Please note that for this project, you have a choice of what sample you will study:
Conduct two interviews and distribute 20 surveys or
Conduct four longer interviews if you do not want to distribute a survey
This section should be at least half a page long.
Here you will list the information you have found in the following formats:
– Excerpts of your interviews in either bullet point format or in a large table
– Charts that list the results of your surveys (for example, a pie chart of how many people answeredyes versus how many answered no to a question)
– Any additional chart that you came across during your research (for this you obviously must cite your source on the page and list it in the end in the References section)
Keep this section organized and well presented. Before adding each of the things mentioned above, add a brief description of what your reader is looking at. For example, before a chart you can write something like “The following chart shows the increase of…”
The length of this section is up to you, as it will depend on how large you chose to make your graphs and charts.
Here you will describe the results that you have listed in the previous Findings section. For example, if you listed a chart that represents an increase of people listening to a certain type of music over the past ten years in your Findings section, here you will explain the reasons behind that increase. (For example, did new forms of media such as Youtube increase the visibility or the popularity of a trend in music? Does the music represent a political message in a certain country? Was there a single recording artist who made a certain type of music popular?)
In this section you will also briefly recall the three theories of your Literature Review section.
At the end of the Discussion section, who will say whether or not you think your two hypotheses were proven by your research. By the way, it’s fine if you say that one of your hypotheses appears “wrong” or better yet that your research did not prove that it was valid.
This section should be at least two and a half pages long.
Review the presentation called “Field Research Guidelines” to see what will go in this section. This section should be at least half a page long.
List all of the books, magazines, or websites that you have used for this research project. There is a sample format of a reference in the presentation called “Field Research Guidelines.”
Field Research Project Format
Components of the Research Project
Cover Page Abstract Introduction Literature Review Methods Findings Discussion Conclusion References
Include basic information about your research project (your name, the name of the class, the date and the title of your research project)
Include a title that is at the same time accurate and compelling to your reader
An abstract is a summary of all of the components that will follow in your a research project.
Much like the summaries that you read on the inside flap on a book let you decide whether or not to buy it, an abstract allows your reader to decide whether or not your research will be useful to his or her particular area of interest.
Presentation of your topic Presentation of the population
and sample you will study Why is your topic important to
Present at least two hypotheses that you will set out to examine through your research.
Select a minimum of three authors.
For each author, explain his or her theory and why it will help you explain your own research.
Present an overview of the methods you used to conduct research on the sample of yourpopulation. These include but are not limited to:
Face to face interviews
Observation of events and the description of them in anecdotes
What calculations did you make to conduct a statistical analysis of your survey (average, median, percentages, mode)?
Additional research from the school library and the Internet (Note: Be sure to properly give credit to all sources and to list them in the bibliography.)
Present the findings that will help explain your hypotheses. For each finding, write a small paragraph explaining it.
Findings can include:
Quotations from people you interview
Use your literature review and your findings to discuss your topic.
Whereas the Findings section was a presentation of facts, this section will attempt to explain the causes and consequences of these facts.
Based on your research are the two hypotheses that you proposed in the beginning of this research project valid?
Brief summary of your results Solutions
Challenges that affected your research
Suggestions for potential follow up research on a related topic
List the sources used in this project in alphabetical order.
An example of the suggested format is as follows:
Hochschild, Arlie. The Second Shift: Working Parents and the Revolution at Home. New York: Viking Press,1989.
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