Guidelines: Presentations and Final Paper

Guidelines: Final Presentations and Paper
April 2006
Final Presentations, next week and Exam Week
20 minutes per presentation (10 minutes presentation, 10 minutes
Final Paper, due Friday, Exam Week
15 pages minimum
Section 1: Inquiry Proposal (5 pages, you’ve already written this part)
Section 2: Discussion of what you have learned about the NDCE (10
Another field/perspective
Your field/perspective
The nature of the compelling
experience itself in their field
The nature of the compelling
experience itself in your field;
The ways that they describe compelling The ways that you describe compelling
experience; how they describe whether experience; how you describe whether
something is “working” or not
something is “working” or not
The things they focus on to make
compelling experiences happen
The things you focus on to make
compelling experiences happen
Your inquiry project was inspired by the NDCE in another field. You saw possible
connections between the NDCE in that field and the field in which you work. You
designed a way to explore these connections.
Your presentation and paper on your inquiry project should report on what you
have learned from your inquiry project. As you describe your learning, focus on
how three things have evolved
your view of the NDCE in the other field/perspective
your view of the NDCE in your field/perspective
your view of the relationship between the NDCE in both fields
Suggestions for a good report & presentation
Keep in mind that the purpose and focus of the inquiry project is to inquire. Thus,
the presentation and paper should report on the experience of this inquiry.
I am less interested in what you did in your inquiry, than the meaning and
significance of your inquiry. Thus, spend just a little time on details of what
happened first, second, third, etc., and more on your ideas and how they evolved
through the inquiry.
Leave out information that does not relate directly to the main focus of the paper.
For example, it is probably not important to give much background information on
the people, place, yourself, and so on.
Focus on specific and concrete; avoid the general and abstract. As academics,
we tend to talk and write in ways that are disconnected from any particular
experience. This is not to say you can’t discuss broader ideas: just support them
with lots of specific detail and examples to clarify what you’re saying. Show us
what it is, as well as tell us about it.
Organize your presentation around a few main points. Two to four main issues
should be sufficient. Your paper can discuss more, but not a lot more.