Ways to Report Research

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  • 1. ACS 301 November 20, 2008 Reporting Research
  • 2. Key themes
    • The importance of reporting research
    • Ways to report research
    • Differences between qual and quant reporting
    • An example of a unique way to report research
  • 3. Why is reporting research important?
    • To complete your service to:
      • Participants (validity)
      • Funders (accountability)
      • Partners (accountability)
      • Yourself (satisfaction)
    • Ethical obligations
  • 4. Ways To Report Research
    • In writing
    • In pictures
    • In person
    • Online
    • Via third parties
  • 5. A Research Project as A Story
  • 6. Quantitative write-up: an example
  • 7. Qualitative write-up: an example
  • 8. Is there a difference between qual and quant write-ups? “We excluded …” “We divided …”
  • 9. Is there a difference between qual and quant write-ups? “We excluded …” “We divided …”
    • In quantitative write-ups:
    • An “external” reality is assumed
    • Researcher only surfaces as hero solving problems
    • Scholarly stars often evoked for credibility
    • Are linear
    • Use the “management metaphor” of “controlling variables”
  • 10. Writing up ethnography Realist tales Confessional tales Impressionist tales Source: Van Maanen, J. (1988). Tales of the Field: On Writing Ethnography. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
  • 11. A Longer Story
  • 12. Reporting in Pictures
    • Eliminate visual noise
    • Accentuate difference
    • To clarify, add detail
    • Maximize “data ink”
    • Minimize “non-data ink”
    • Just stop with the pie charts!
    http://www.edwardtufte.com/
  • 13. Good visualization example
  • 14. Reporting in Person
    • Conferences: the “movie trailer” version
  • 15. Reporting Via Third Parties
    • Press releases
    • Sciencedaily.com
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Trade magazines
  • 16. Reporting online is great…
    • Blog it
    • Micro blog it
    • YouTube it
    • Facebook it
    • Linkedin it
    • Email (gasp!) it
    • Text it
  • 17. Sharing online is even better.
  • 18. Sharing online: example
    • http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o