Ways to Report Research

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Ways to Report Research

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

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