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by: Mohammad Macejkovic


Mohammad Macejkovic
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Mohammad Macejkovic on Tuesday October 20, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to ED690 at San Diego State University taught by Staff in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 18 views. For similar materials see /class/225330/ed690-san-diego-state-university in Education and Teacher Studies at San Diego State University.




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Date Created: 10/20/15
The Reporting Structure Even small studies deserve good reporting A survey report is the means by which your effort is communicated to the client and the larger community Clients are receptive to reports that are logically organized and easy to follow They resonate more to technical than academic writing They also appreciate your attention to detail an attractive layout sound writing mechanicsgrammar isolated typographical errors etc A word to the wise structure does not imply length You need not write an excessively lengthy narrative to produce one that s useful and informative Rather the challenge is to write succinctly to stay onpoint and avoid overelaboration Overview The Overview section which runs about 2 pages is composed of two parts The report necessarily begins with an overview of the problems or issuess that you studiedinvestigated your purpose or intent To do that you need to provide context brief but relevant background information about the setting or environment in which you ve been working What does the reader need to know to make sense of what you did But you also need to convince the reader that your investigation was worthy important Thus you ll summarize your lit review the goal being to briefly explain or define key constructs with which the reader may be unfamiliar describe how other researchers have explored them and their key findings and note the complexities associated with their rigorous study The Overview section is critical because it tells the reader why your work is important from a design development implementation or evaluative perspective Contextual Factors This section features the contextual factors generally political issues limited access to people or materials or constrained time that influenced the design of your brief study how your survey was deployedimplementedadministered or analysisinterpretation of the results The driving question here is What are limitations of which the reader should be aware Methodology Here you39ll describe your survey in some detail Among the specifics to cover are its general formatorganization the structure of specific items or sections how it was administered or used and any pilot testing you conducted to iron out the kinks Findings Even when the report is brief skilled performance technologists always outlinebrainstorm this section before they begin to write The idea is to present a coherent explanation of the data you ve collected There are many ways to organize or structure this section for our purposes consider theme or topic Remember that a Findings section details two distinct processes analysis and interpretation You must be able to articulate what you think the results mean Don t be disappointed if the data fail to suggest hardandfast conclusions It s just fine if they point to more issues to explore or specific issues where extended study is warranted Use tables charts and graphs as necessary to clarify the data or any complex points you39re trying to make Engage the reader with descriptive language allow him or her to quotseequot the importancevalue of what you39ve done


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