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Wikis and Research

By • Jul 9th, 2008 • Category: communication, dissertation, Honors Thesis, Research, wiki

Recently, I used a wiki to work on a group project for class. It worked out really well, all of our thoughts and ideas were together in one place, and it was easy to accomplish a group task over a holiday weekend with no meetings! So it got me to thinking… what if I created […]

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Creating a Research Question

By • Jul 9th, 2008 • Category: dissertation, Honors Thesis, question, Research

Part of the Comprehensive Exam/Dissertation process involves completing paperwork, and yesterday I met with one of my advisers to sign off on forms. While there we talked about my dissertation topic. I talked about what I wanted to do… look at the effect of honors housing on honors students in terms of their gpa (academic […]

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On Creative Problem Solving

By • Jun 24th, 2008 • Category: CPS, General Technology, Research

For my most recent paper, I had to research an issue, then do a creative problem solving exercise on how to deal with a probelm within that issue. The first step of Creative Problem Solving is to brainstorm. There’s some tricks to brainstorming… you have to write down all ideas without judging, and you have […]

On the Reading Process

By • Jun 18th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, notetaking, reading, Research

Everyone reads in different ways. Whether cuddled up on a couch, sitting at a table, or relaxing in a hammock, each reader has a process. Now, if I’m reading a novel, I love nothing better than sitting in my hammock chair. (Yes, I really have a hammock chair! It’s in my office at home.)  But […]

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On Choosing a Dissertation Topic

By • Jun 17th, 2008 • Category: disseration, dissertation, Honors Thesis, ideas, Research, research paper

I am in my final set of classes before taking my comprehensive exams… my dissertation is looming in front of me, closer than ever before. I have gone through many potential topics in my mind. I even started a document on my computer that anytime I had an idea, I would add to the document […]

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On Writing a Research Paper

By • Jun 17th, 2008 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research, research paper, undergraduate research

Assignment: Using a creativity strategy, analyze a problem in education and create a plan of action that will make headway with the problem. I started this assignment with a topic in mind- undergraduate research. But I couldn’t come up with a “problem”- perhaps because I didn’t really know enough about the topic. So I started preparing for a […]

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