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Browse Student Learning by Series/Report "ANTH 411: Methods for Sociocultural Anthropology, Prof. Nancy Abelmann. This course introduced students to a variety of ethnographic methods. Students tried their hand at some of these methods through a focused project. I had students think about their semester-long work as "pilot research"; although they did write up a short paper on their findings (their "discuss" section of the database), the culminating assignment was a research proposal in which they envision building on their preliminary findings in a longer/larger project. In the beginning of the semester, students did some warm-up exercises not directly related to their projects (an observation, an analysis of a university document, and an interview) -- some students elected to remove these from their databases while others left them in because of their connection to the final project. Students' "question" and "plan" sections of the database include multiple entries as I encouraged them to continue to refine these over the course of the semester in dialogue with their own emerging findings. I also asked students to search both the U of I Student Life and Cultures Archives and well as this EUI IDEALS collection to find archives relevant to their pilot/proposed research. All students were asked to "reflect" on the research experience and to make "recommendations" to the University on the basis of their research findings. The course syllabus is available at: www.eui.uiuc.edu/docs/syllabi/ANTH411F07.doc"
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(2008-02-13)As a research institution, one of the goals of the University of Illinois is to teach its undergraduates the skills needed to succeed in their own research both in and beyond. Through the pilot research I conducted, I’ve ...
(2008-01-01)Some students in introductory chemistry classes claim to have been "lucky" to have been in a certain discussion section, indicating that although discussion sections all ought to cover the same material, there may be ...
(2008-02-13)While I do not have many concrete findings to report on with my project, the biggest points I want to reinforce are that the individuals who participate in ROTC do so for a highly diverse array of reasons and that the ...
(2008-02-15)The Study Abroad Office has a goal of nearly doubling the percentage of students who study abroad from University of Illinois. In an effort to create those figures (thus more funds for the university and credit from the ...
(2008-02-13)This research aims to discover if students are receiving what they need out of a university education. I will study how students perceive the idea of university education in relation to relevance to life beyond the university, ...
What's for Breakfast?: The Tensions Between Students' Conceptualizations of Sustainability and Daily Food Choices (2008-02-15)My research intends to look at how undergraduate students who are involved with a university sustainable agriculture program conceptualize sustainability, and how this conceptualization is lived out in their daily food ...