Practice Set 2A

INTRODUCTION
Practice Set 2A | Practice Set 2B | Practice Set 2C | Practice Set 2D | Practice Set 2E
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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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