October 31, 2014

1. Our next step is to figure out how we are going to combine together in groups. Look through the questions we posted yesterday. Don’t worry too much about the form of the question. It doesn’t need to be great…yet.

2. Mark those questions that look interesting to you. Again, the question may not be perfect–you may have to modify the question later–but begin considering what question (and what people) you would like to work with on the research project.

3. Seek out MULTIPLE people who have written questions you marked. Discuss the question–what you know, what you researched yesterday, what you would like to look for going forward. Your ultimate goal is to…

4. Create a group that will research a question. The optimal size of a group is 3. A group size of four would likely be OK as well. However, I think five might be too large of a group (talk to me if you would liked to have a group of 5). I also think two is too small of a group. It’s not really a GROUP. It’s a pair.

5. Before you leave, have a tentative group and a tentative question that your group would like to research. Post your group members and the question here.

6. If you finish with this before class is over, begin your research. Start looking at databases. Your main goal is to uncover the complexity of the research so you can figure out how to divide the research process. Discover various lenses and perspectives:

Lenses: Scientific, Environmental, Ethical, Political, Futuristic, Artistic/Philosophical, Cultural/Social, Economic

Remember, each lens may contain various perspectives. For instance, if you were researching gun control, you would find multiple perspectives just within the political lens. You may also find multiple perspectives within the ethical lens: the tension between the right to bear arms and the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This may even lead you to differing ways to interpret the Constitution. For instance, Originalists try to apply the “original” meanings of various constitutional provisions. This interpretation is very different from those who might look at the right to bear arms according to what’s called “founders’ intent”: that is, judges try to gauge the intentions of the authors of the Constitution. So you can see, one can see the issue through many lenses, and many perspectives within those lenses. Your job today is to begin figuring out what those are.


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