Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Blog #13 Part 2 - Cassie
“Equally important is strong response writing in which you identify and probe points in a text, sometimes by examining how a piece is written and often by inserting your own ideas into the text’s conversation” (Ramage, Bean and Johnson 104). This quote from the reading stuck out to me in chapter five because it tells you that you need to identify the main points of the text you are reading for you to be able to comprehend and interpret it the way the author wants you to. Also, as expressed in the quotes you need to incorporate your own ideas into the text as well to show yourself that you understand what the author is trying to get across. Such as coming up with your own examples to put in your writing or try to explain something to someone.
The next hotspot I got from chapter five, had to do with the strong response as a reflection. “Generally, a reflection is an introspective genre; it incites you to connect the reading to your own personal experiences, beliefs, and values” (Ramage, Bean and Johnson 109). I really enjoy doing reflective papers about something that interested me as a reader because some pieces really hit me personally. When I get the chance to read something that relates to my life in one way, I then like to express down on paper how or what happened for me to be able to relate to this kind of writing. I think it is a great way to tell more about you because it is an open-ended exploratory essay type.
After reading chapter nine I also found a few hotspots, one being about conducting interviews. “Interviews can be an effective way to gather field research information” (Ramage, Bean and Johnson 208). This stuck out to me as well because I love interviewing people. I agree with what was stated in this text that interviews are one of the most effective ways to gather information about a certain topic or question. You can get people of all different kinds, such as people that disagree with your question, ones that agree completely or ones that just don’t really have an opinion and tell you why. I think it is a great way to gather research.
Using questionnaires could also be a great way to conduct an answer to your question in some way. “In constructing a questionnaire, your goal is to elicit responses that are directly related to your research question and that will give you the data you need to answer the question” (Ramage, Bean and Johnson 210). This is also another great way I believe, you get to write your own questions down for a group of certain people and get the direct answers you want out of it. But it could also backfire on you. Questionnaires do not always give you exact answers, for some types of questions people may believe that they will get in trouble or harmed for answering honestly.