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An introductory lesson to finding and understanding data in social sciences.

This group activity can be used in a variety of disciplines and contexts. Pass the Problem aims to have students provide feedback to other students on database and keyword selection. By having students critique each other it works to build critical self-reflection during the research process (it's also pretty fun!).

The following activity is meant to assist learning the concepts of strategic search. It introduces the idea that sources contribute different perspectives to an argument and that scholarship is a conversation. It can be used for any discipline but is particularly well suited to introductory writing courses.

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I adapted this for a sophomore-level Linguistic Anthropology class analyzing article abstracts for an assignment. I provided students a modified handout focused just on the social science part with an example abstract from:
Sierra, S. (2016). Playing out loud: Videogame references as resources in friend interaction for managing frames, epistemics, and group identity. Language in Society, 45(2), 217-245.

Then students worked in small groups with example abstracts to go through the same highlighting process for research question/topic, methodology, and findings/conclusion. I had students do this in a Google Form: http://bit.ly/312armstrong

I've used a version of this assignment as well - it was a 2 session class, adding in a component where students had to find existing data (Pew, Social Explorer, etc.) and represent it visually to tell a potentially different story.

I adapted this for an upper-division evolutionary psychology class where students are familiar with basic searching but are beginning literature reviews for an in-depth research project. I changed the worksheet to a Google Form: https://drive.google.com/open?id=16t5pLBetTJfMGC_DC3StZdtAoYxJXQjBdV61_M... and shortened it due to time constraints. After each "part" of the google form we came back together for a class discussion - at the end of the class we had a wrap-up discussion using the survey questions.

I adapted this activity for a gender studies class. In this context we started with an important article provided by the instructor and then looked at which disciplines were citing the source. We compared citations in Google Scholar and Web of Science mapping function and discussed why there are differences between them.

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