Researching Community: A Practicum on Cumberland's
Participation & Attendance (20%): Attendance
is required; after the first
two weeks, a sign-in sheet will be circulated. If you sign-in and
depart, this will be noted. There will be in-class discussions. If
you are absent, you cannot participate. (See VIU Calendar, General
Regulations - Attendance.)
is contributing to all class activities; discussion is the primary one.
Credit will not be given to verbose individuals who enjoy the sound of their
voices. I am interested in the quality of comments and/or questions raised during discussion.
Be an informed participant, i.e., read the assigned articles.
In week 13, please submit a self-evaluation of your participation (no
more than 250-300 words through Moodle). Provide a score out of 10, 10
being “perfect”—i.e., prepared to discuss readings, asks relevant questions or
comments to further understanding of topic(s), responds and listens
respectfully, does not dominate interactions, refrains from being disruptive,
and attends regularly and is on time. A score of 6 indicates that you attend
regularly and on time, but do not participate in any other way. Do not obsess
over the writing of this; be reflective and honest about your
For those who are less
confident about speaking in class, you can still participate through Moodle.
Each student is expected to contribute to the various
discussion topics (minimum of four posts,
either by posting a relevant article,
or commenting on one
submitted by a classmate. The latter should be substantive, i.e., an informed
opinion, not one that states agreement.
To receive full credit for participation (quality counts!), you must 1) attend class, 2) participate
fully in class activities (discussion, evaluation, etc.), 3) provide a
self-assessment of participation, and 4) post to Moodle.
Each submission is worth 5%. The quality of your comments is
important, not the manner of presentation (i.e., there is no need to
decorate or have a "fancy" notebook or journal). Comments should be reflective.
DATE EACH ENTRY, as I expect
students to write throughout the course
of the semester. This is one way to
monitor the progress of your research or project, including skills developed
and/or objectives achieved. Consider
this your “field journal.
In general, writing by hand is better as
you are less likely to edit your thoughts (a common problem with
DUE: Friday, October 1
CONTRACT (15%):A learning contract made between an individual and supervisor can be
many things. In this case, it will be
used to assess the community research or project being undertaken. It will set out the criteria on which your
mark will be based. Each student will likely have a somewhat different
You will be evaluated on the objectives and
outcomes identified (6pts), the proposed process and timeline (6pts), the
for evaluation (5pts), and general presentation, spelling, and grammar
(3pts). Contracts should be 2-3 pages in
DUE: October 1
ASSESSMENT (5%): Each student or group will present to the class their research or project
and justify the outcome given the goals and objectives identified in their
learning contract. A numeric rating and
comment for each project will be assigned by all. Oral feedback and discussion will be provided
by everyone in the class.
You will be evaluated on the detail of your
commentary, i.e., honest and constructive feedback.
DUE: Friday, November
COMMUNITY RESEARCH/PROJECT (30%): Students can work individually or in pairs as
suits the research or project needs. We
will have discussed and reviewed the range of possible research and/or projects;
students will be selecting from these.
REMEMBER: Any research involving human subjects (i.e., interviews, surveys) must undergo an
ethics review. See "Preparation of Ethics Statement."
The evaluation is based on the learning contract;
criteria for evaluation will differ accordingly. Each student will have to “defend” his/her
work in the sense of acknowledging whether s/he felt that the goals and
objectives were met. As always, a small
portion of the grade is on presentation, spelling, and grammar.