The Observed Life: Gossip, Secrecy, and the Circulation of Social Knowledge



“Reflection” Blog – Instructions

Prospectus Draft “Reflection” Blog
due Wednesday November 8 or Monday November 14

Self-awareness in writing and research—knowing what works and what doesn’t, being able to name what you value and what you find confusing, frustrating or difficult—is one of the keys to improvement. It also gives your classmates (and me) the chance to respond to your specific concerns and questions, to make comments that are more concrete, focused, and thus more useful. You can think of your post as an opportunity to ask for the kind of methodological feedback you need.

With this in mind, please use your post this week to relate your experience formulating your draft prospectus. The questions below are prompts for you to think about, but your post needn’t address all, or indeed any of them, if there are other more urgent thoughts you’d prefer to express.

  1.  Which component of the draft prospectus (topic description, statement of motive, research questions) did you find most productive for exploring or organizing your ideas?
  2. Has drafting your prospectus changed your thinking about your topic and research agenda? If so in what ways? Be as specific as you can.
  3.  What was the most frustrating/confusing aspect of this assignment for you and why was this so?
  4. What’s the number one question about your draft prospectus that you’d like a reader to answer for you now?
  5. What’s the number one question about the research process (from beginning idea to finished essay) that you’d like to see discussed at greater length?

Post in the usual way. Our class discussion on your thoughts (some of which I’ll collate and summarize, others of which I’ll quote verbatim) will run between 30 and 40 minutes.
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