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Writing a research report

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Writing a research report

  1. 1. Writing a Research Report 11 SOR 2015
  2. 2. Why Write a Report? The purpose of the written report is to present the results of your research, but more importantly to provide a persuasive argument to readers of what you have found.
  3. 3. Step 1 - Research As this report is based on an ethnographic field study it should be based initially on your notes from the SOR trip, reinforced by information from reliable sources including textbooks, data base, library resources and reliable web pages. You may also undertake further field work in Emerald.
  4. 4. Step 2 – Organising Your Data Once you have collected sufficient information you need to: •Analyse your information – Does it answer the focus questions? –Is there sufficient information to answer all focus questions? –Which are the most valuable/reliable sources? •Evaluate –Does it support your hypothesis? –Refine focus questions and hypothesis if necessary.
  5. 5. Step 3 – Writing your report Your report MUST have: • A title page – your name, teachers name, due date, 2 religions chosen – You can use the title page function in word to create this. • A contents page – each heading and the page on which it appears – Use the Contents page feature in Word to do this. • Report – Headings – suggestions follow – Remember to use the correct heading style in Word. – Use of citations feature in Word will simplify creating your bibliography • Annotated Bibliography – See Bibliography Powerpoint in student materials • Appendices – photos, pamphlets, handouts etc
  6. 6. 1. Introduction The introduction should identify the purpose of the report. It should: •Outline what the report is about The purpose of this report is to … •Identify your hypothesis The material dimension is more evident in Religion 1 …
  7. 7. 2. Religion 1 • Give a brief introduction to the key beliefs and Importance in Australia of belief e.g. Religion 1 originated in … The key beliefs are… In Australia… 2.1 The Material Dimension in Religion 1. • Outline the key materials and how they are important to the religion e.g. In a Religion 1 temple, the most common material/symbol/feature is… It is significant because …
  8. 8. 2.2 Ritual Dimension of Religion 1 e.g. In Religion 1 many rituals are performed. These include 2.3 Analysis of Connection between Material and Ritual Dimensions in Religion 1 e.g. Religion 1 uses a number of materials in performing rituals
  9. 9. 3. Religion 2 • Same as for Relgion 1 3.1 Material Dimension in Religion 2 3.2 Ritual Dimension in Religion 2 3.3 Analysis of connection between material and ritual dimensions in Religion 2
  10. 10. 4. Evaluation • Discussion of the validity of your hypothesis ie which religion relies most on materials to support its rituals. E.g. The materials in religion 1 support its rituals more than … 5. Conclusion • links to the rest of your report. • highlights the significant elements from your report . • draws out the main points you want to make about the topic - and makes them at a general level. • avoids introducing new material.