For this research assignment, you'll be interviewing and analyzing interviews with participants representing a particular social world. In your analyses, you'll be making connections with social uniting concepts and paradigms which you're learning about, plus you'll be making connections with two secondary research articled on your social world.
Here are some of the elements you'll need to research:
The final paper must utilize a minimum of one scholarly article on the topic.
Begin your project by doing some background reading on your social world. Start with your textbook! Preliminary reading helps you:
Find sources on the topics that you identified in Step 1.
Casquero, O., Ovelar, R., Romo, J., & Benito, M. (2015). Reviewing the differences in size, composition and structure between the personal networks of high- and low-performing students. British Journal of Educational Technology, 46(1), 16–31. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12110
Link to MJC database full-text article: http://libdbmjc.yosemite.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=100640881&site=ehost-live
What is a journal?
How can I identify a journal?
Where does peer review fit into all of this?
Peer review is a process that some scholarly journal publishers use to ensure the articles they publish represent the best scholarship currently available. Peer-reviewed journals are sometimes called "refereed" journals. When an article is submitted to a peer-reviewed/refereed journal, the editors send it out to other scholars in the same field to get their opinion on the quality of the scholarship and its relevance and importance to the field. This means that when an article is finally published in a peer-reviewed publication, there is a consensus among experts that the information communicated in that article is of the highest quality.
Not all scholarly publications are peer-reviewed, though it is very common for professors to request peer-reviewed articles to ensure you are exposed to the most credible information within your discipline.
Journals sound intense!
The specific nature of journal articles, combined with the use of specialized vocabulary, means they are not always easy to read for the non-expert. It it is recommended that students have some basic knowledge about their topic before delving into scholarly information. This basic knowledge might be gleaned, for instance, from some of our Background Information databases.
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