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Critical Research Introduction

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An introduction to the critical research unit

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Critical Research Introduction

  1. 1. Critical Research Study <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul>
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Unit involves independent research </li></ul><ul><li>Unit is assessed through a 2 hour exam </li></ul><ul><li>You choose from 5 topics </li></ul><ul><li>You define a question within your topic </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers facilitate and support your work </li></ul><ul><li>You use a range of research methods </li></ul><ul><li>Unit lasts six weeks plus Christmas holiday </li></ul><ul><li>buy yourself a notebook and pen ! </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Unit <ul><li>Worth 30% of the A2 course </li></ul><ul><li>Assesses your independent research skills </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to take four sides of notes into exam (handwritten) </li></ul><ul><li>Absolutely rewards people who do plenty of work </li></ul><ul><li>Punishes those who do little or nothing </li></ul>
  4. 4. Topic areas <ul><li>Children and the Media </li></ul><ul><li>Sport and the Media </li></ul><ul><li>TV Drama </li></ul><ul><li>World Cinema </li></ul><ul><li>Politics and the Media </li></ul>
  5. 5. Projects need... <ul><li>coverage of four key concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Audience, Institution, Forms and Conventions, Representation </li></ul><ul><li>range of methods and sources </li></ul><ul><li>full referencing </li></ul><ul><li>individual effort </li></ul>
  6. 6. This Week <ul><li>look at the 5 topic headings and explore the possible research areas in each of these topics </li></ul><ul><li>Understand and utilise the concept of a research question </li></ul><ul><li>Look at exemplar research projects </li></ul><ul><li>identify and discuss different types of research methods </li></ul>
  7. 7. Next Week <ul><li>Finalise your research question </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction of secondary research methods </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the advantages and disadvantages of these different methodologies </li></ul><ul><li>Utilise these methodologies within the context of your own research </li></ul>
  8. 8. Week beginning 1st Dec <ul><li>Introduce primary research methodologies </li></ul><ul><li>Begin to implement these methodologies in the context of your own research project </li></ul><ul><li>Friday 5th December - Interim deadline for all secondary research to be completed </li></ul>
  9. 9. Week beginning 8th Dec <ul><li>Finish the assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of primary research methodologies </li></ul><ul><li>correlate the results of all primary research undertaken </li></ul>
  10. 10. Last Week of Term - 15/12 <ul><li>Introduction of assessment criteria for 2374 exam and looking at exemplar answers </li></ul><ul><li>Mini-mock and feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Friday 19th December - Interim deadline for all primary research to be completed </li></ul>
  11. 11. January <ul><li>advice on how to write exam answers </li></ul><ul><li>another mock of each question </li></ul><ul><li>work on producing four pages of notes </li></ul><ul><li>feedback on mock and individual help </li></ul><ul><li>EXAM - worth 30% of A2 year </li></ul>
  12. 12. Topic areas <ul><li>Children and the Media </li></ul><ul><li>Sport and the Media </li></ul><ul><li>TV Drama </li></ul><ul><li>World Cinema </li></ul><ul><li>Politics and the Media </li></ul>
  13. 13. Critical Research Study <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul>

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