Dec. 13, 2012
After several weeks of analysis and writing, Kaylee Moseley’s hard work paid off. The first-year Carl Sandburg College student had finished her first major research project.
“I knew it would be a lot of work,” Moseley said. “It’s going to be really helpful for me in the future. I know more of what to expect and what’s expected of me.”
Moseley was one of several Sandburg students who presented posters and fielded questions from a public audience Dec. 5 in the Building D lobby on the Main Campus in Galesburg about research projects in Introduction to Psychology, Statistics for Social Sciences and Spanish.
“This is a great experience for these students. It’s the next step beyond doing a term paper and they all did a great job,” said Dave Kellogg, assistant professor of criminal justice and Statistics for Social Sciences instructor. “This is kind of becoming the norm in community colleges, having students take the lead in projects like this.”
Students worked throughout the fall semester on the projects. They formed an introduction, designed a method for their research, conducted their experiments or research and collected the results. Then they wrote an abstract and designed a poster to display their findings.
“The most difficult part was looking at all the research, analyzing it and seeing if your hypothesis matched up with it,” said Moseley, who looked at police coverage and calls at a local apartment complex.
Students were expected to defend their research and answered questions about their findings during the presentation period. In Kellogg’s class, 60 percent of a student’s grade in the course came from their research, poster and paper. Students in each class chose their own topics, which included examining the effects of substance abuse by students, studying the kinds of images of men and women used in the media and reports on Spanish cities and Spanish-speaking countries.
“Students in community colleges need to be exposed to research like this,” said Jill Johnson, associate dean of social and behavioral sciences and Introduction to Psychology instructor. “Students at four-year colleges are introduced to research when they’re freshmen and sophomores. When students graduate from here and go to a four-year school they’re thrown into the fire. By doing this, when they transfer they’ll know what they need to be doing.”
For Ania Alfano, who studied if it was cost-effective to expand the delivery area for her family’s restaurant, the project helped her parents’ business and prepared her for the future.
“This is a good way of doing speaking in a public setting and having the research to back up everything I’m saying,” said Alfano, who plans to go to law school. “It’s definitely been worth it.”
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