Sampling was a big topic during today's class. We were instructed to be mindful, when critiquing research, that all samples are necessary but not sufficient for establishing generalizability. We should notice how the researchers talk about the limits of their sampling and critique these attempts to minimize error and bias. Additionally, when researchers claim they conducted an experiment they have misspoken. We should be looking for terms such as quazi-experimental design or non-equivalent group design. I’ll be looking those up tonight! socialresearchmethods.net has been recommended for learning about these research designs.
Today's "Parade of Scholars" introduced us to Dr. Cindy Okolo. I appreciated the wonderful advice she shared, especially about the nature of academic reading and writing:
- Suggested read: Anne-Marie Slaughter Atlantic Magazine
- The reading and writing work comes in fits and starts
- Try to make a little progress each day
- Try to read and write for fun
- Use digital tools to keep an archive of reading and writing to provide a record of thinking and writing
- Strive to make constant connections between reading, writing, and living