Project Guidelines

Honors in Amsterdam – Presentation & Publication Guidelines
(last revision 08 August 2010)

Note: For all presentations, you are free to choose the presentation software/media of your choice provided that it can be projected on to the wall using a computer

26 July: for Monday’s group presentation at the park. each group will have 5-7 minutes – presentation format:

* brief statement of project focus
* field research progress & road blocks
* next steps

02 August: project review: (10 minutes/group)

* research question
* why its important to study
* methods
* preliminary findings
* next steps

09 August: project review: (10 minutes/group)

Each group will present their project status to a panel of local experts (scholars):

Paul Wouters – VKS
Sally Wyatt – VKS
Mirjam Schieveld – UvA
Lean Deben – UvA

At this stage of your research you should have collected data, evidence, traces, etc., and have begun analyzing and organizing to make some sense out of what you have.

For your presentation, we will focus on this aspect; the way you frame your inquiry and what your data tells you. As a suggestion, try to organize your presentation in thirds:

1/3 – clear research question, methods strategy, and why the topic is important
1/3 – data collection overview and analysis
1/3 – preliminary findings

13 August: Individual Group meetings: Schedule TBA

16 August: VKS Presentation (15minutes/group)

* intro
* research question
* methods
* findings
* conclusion

17 August: Final Projects due:

Online Presentation requirements:

Text – use the wiki to collaboratively develop and communicate your project. Use the outline below as guidelines for your write up. Note: You can use your research proposal as a starting point—there should be much overlap in content.

Images – Incorporate photos of your field sites and/or subjects depending on consent and privacy considerations (this can be interpreted broadly)

Video – Incorporate at least one video clip related to your research topic and/or subjects depending on consent and privacy considerations (this can be interpreted broadly).

Geotagging (revised) – link, where appropriate with regard to privacy concerns, photos of your field sites to a Google map. Where privacy is an issue, you can instead link topically related images to the group map.

Wiki – use the wiki format as the central ‘place’ for accessing/organizing all of your research materials; blogs, data, presentation, images, text, etc. this means to link to your online photo archives and such, rather than downloading to the wiki, in a manor that provides intelligent navigation possibilities.

Research write-up:

1. Abstract statement of situation and research question (200 words max)

2. Background (~1000 words) – an overview that synthesizes the project for all group members. This should include:

  • Literature review – from your reading discuss what are the core issues, common concerns, and debates
  • Why is the topic relevant? How did it advance yours and others understanding of the issue? Remember to consider why it has been of personal interest to you.
  • Locate the online and offline manifestations of your. Describe the context of your field sites (online and offline).

    3. Research Methods (~1000 words/plus bibliography)

    • Methods strategy employed (online and offline)
    • Affordances & limitations: how did each method enable you to answer your research question? What were their limitations?
    • Reflexivity- what biases and assumptions did you bring to the project and how did they manifest in your field research. How did you deal this?

      4. Human Subjects, if applicable discuss (500 words)

      • Methods for recruiting (interview) subjects,
      • Measures taken to guarantee confidentiality and anonymity.

        5. Analysis (~1000 words) – what did you find? This is a somewhat descriptive section where you recount and interpret your data.

        4. Discussion (~500 words)- answer your research question, discuss the implications of your findings and suggest where YOU might take this research in the future.

        5. Reference List (bibliography)