Note:This is a student project from a course affiliated with the Ethnography of the University Initiative. EUI supports faculty development of courses in which students conduct original research on their university, and encourages students to think about colleges and universities in relation to their communities and within larger national and global contexts.

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Title:From College to Career: Differences between the Processes of Engineering and Dance
Author(s):Grice, Claire; Dankovich, Becca; Paller, Kevin; Harish, Abhishek; Ajmera, Shreyans
Abstract:For our research, we were interested in the differences and similarities between the transition process from college to career among different majors. We decided to focus our ethnographic research on campus on the two majors of dance and engineering. Throughout this research we found that every different major has their own set of steps to go through. Our research was supported by our interviews with advisors and students in the university.
Issue Date:2012
Series/Report:RHET 105, Spring 2012
Instructor, Cody Caudill
Rhetoric 105/Principles of Composition introduces students to the practices of research-based writing for academic audiences, such as formulating a researchable question, locating sources, constructing an argument, drafting, revising, and editing. This course uses writing, reading, observing, and critical thinking to develop scholarly curiosity. To do this, instructors focus on: deepening research skills, developing students’ abilities to read and respond to difficult texts, and, most importantly, helping students through the writing process in a social, collaborative, revision-focused environment. This particular section of Rhetoric 105 was focused around the theme of “Exploring Student Communities at the University of Illinois.” The assignments and discussions asked students to explore their own experiences as students and consider how various student communities shape our campus culture and identities as students. Over the course of the semester students formulated research questions about a particular campus community and answered them by doing semester-long ethnographic research (observations, interviews, archive analysis, and surveys), including a short video presentation. The kinds of writing studies and conducted were formulated around reflections on these communities.
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-07-25

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