Research Analysis and Interpretation: This is what the essay is building to and where you identify the results of your research and provide detailed analysis and interpretation of what your research reveals. What conclusions do you draw from your research?
Field Research – Essay 2
We might classify research into 3 different camps:
1) Academic, traditional: This kind of research requires finding sources usually in the form of texts to see
what evidence, arguments, and ideas others have said before you that you respond to as support in your
writing. This is what you did in essay 1 and will continue to do.
2) Lab, (scientific) experimentation: Often relying on the scientific method, this kind of research follows
rigorous experimentation and testing hypotheses to observe the phenomenon and establish proof of
conditions existing in controlled environments.
3) Field, observational, personal: This kind of research involves the collection and interpretation of
primary data through surveys and interviews, direct observation, and experimentation “in the field.”
Methodologies for researching are determined by the researcher to best fit their needs to discover and
gather the information they require. This is what you will do in essay 3 along with academic research.
As with all research and writing, most of the time we start with foundational questions that we are
trying to answer through our research so we can communicate our findings and arguments.
For essay 2, in at least 800 words, I want you to continue to practice the traditional research methods
you used in essay 1 of finding sources, summarizing, quoting, and integrating them with your own
arguments, and citing them properly. You will do this again by citing at least 1 source you can use in your
essay to help build your argument. But I also want you to begin to see yourselves as capable primary
researchers. So, I want you to devise, plan, and carry out your own field research that you can use to
help discover, support, and communicate an argument of your own making.
When using field research there are common elements about the research process and data collection
that you’ll want to incorporate in your essays. Important parts to incorporate in a field research
argument (these could be paragraphs or sections in the paper):
Problem/Question and Background: This is where you tell your readers the foundational questions or
problems you wanted to examine and test with your research.
Key terms: Define any key terms or ideas that you are incorporating in your essay.
Scope and Limitation of research: You’ll need to relate the scope of your research; this can relate to
place/area, group size, and time frames of the research. You also want to indicate to your reader any
limitations you set on your research or any conditions that made you limit your research.
Research Methodology: A key part of the essay where you explain in detail how you gathered your
information. What instruments did you use? What were the limitations or conditions during your
research? What people were involved and what were their roles? What was the design of your
research? Why did you design it this way? Take your reader step-by-step through the important parts of
your data collection phase.
Research Analysis and Interpretation: This is what the essay is building to and where you identify the
results of your research and provide detailed analysis and interpretation of what your research reveals.
What conclusions do you draw from your research? What argument does your research allow you to put
forth? What is the significance, or implications and consequences, of your research for your audience?
The main purpose of this essay is to continue to argue new ideas and new perspectives about the topic of
your choosing. The traditional and field research you conduct should be in service to your own original
arguments. Be creative and take risks with your subject matter and experiments, but consider the
ethical, legal, human, and ecological consequences of your fieldwork.
MAJOR ESSAY REQUIREMENTS
At least 800 words
Find at least 1 source to help support your argument and cite using proper MLA format or
Conduct your own rigorous and responsible field research
Include the major elements of field research essays in your own
Make an original and insightful argument about a topic of your choosing
3/27 Peer Review
4/1 Essay 2 due to Moodle
|Academic Level||College (1-2 years: Freshmen, Sophomore)|
|Subject Area||English 102|
|Paper Type||Argumentative essays|
|Number of Pages||3 Page(s)/825 words|