FINDING A TOPIC FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
DIRECTIONS – …
PRACTICE SET 2A.0 – What special interests do you have?
PRACTICE SET 2A.1 – What special interests do you not have?
PRACTICE SET 2A.2 – Where would you like to travel?
PRACTICE SET 2A.3 – Where would you like to not travel?
PRACTICE SET 2A.4 – Visit a museum–real or virtual.
PRACTICE SET 2A.5 – Visit a store or shopping mall/center.
PRACTICE SET 2A.6 – Look through a Sunday newspaper.
PRACTICE SET 2A.7 – Browse a collection of magazines.
PRACTICE SET 2A.8 – Listen to talk radio or a podcast.
PRACTICE SET 2A.9 – Watch an interview of someone on television.
PRACTICE SET 2A.10 – Watch a controversial documentary film.
PRACTICE SET 2A.11 – Make a list of common beliefs that you think may be wrong.
PRACTICE SET 2A.12 – Make a list of the courses you’d like to take in high school or college.
PRACTICE SET 2A.13 – Make a list of the courses you’d like to not take in high school or college.
PRACTICE SET 2A.14 – Go for a 30 minute walk.
PRACTICE SET 2A.15 – Interview a friend, parent, or relative.
PRACTICE SET 2A.16 – Surf the websites of well known scientific institutions.
PRACTICE SET 2A.17 – Browse a textbook of a science course that is at least one level beyond your current course.
Many, but not all, of the activities included above are listed in:
Booth, Colomb, & Williams (2008). The Craft of Research (3rd edition). The University of Chicago Press: Chicago, IL.
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