An Old Man Died, but Look a Computer

“You come late. When you arrive, others have long preceded you, and they are engaged in a heated discussion, a discussion too heated for them to pause and tell you exactly what it is about… You listen for a while, until you decide that you have caught the tenor of the argument; then you put in your oar. Someone answers; you answer him; another comes to your defense; another aligns himself against you… The hour grows late, you must depart. And you do depart, with the discussion still vigorously in progress.” perfectly summarizes Colleen Doyle’s article on the connections between inquiry-based research and life outside of the classroom. (See what I did there, applying suggestions from class). I was perfectly understanding of the first quote, the second about baseball, and supposedly easier, threw me for a loop. Doyle’s other hypothetical situations are, I feel, looking too deeply into the given situation. The decision of calling in to work because the reader is late is a prime example. Yes this is the example for audience, purpose, and context. However, no one really thinks like that. I certainly don’t. The thank you card is the same. I simply call. My grandmas love to hear exactly when I got the gift not a week or two later thanks to snail mail.

Ben Bennett-Carpenter delves into the details of the inquiry based writing compared to Doyle who introduced and related.  The project can be a variety of different mediums. Interviews, survey, books, media, etc. He then goes into great detail of what it should consist of, a page and a quarter. His article is very helpful in what is actually needed in research project. The questions for further discussion were a bit useless though. “If you can ask any question about anything, what would you ask?”  Did that really need to be printed?

You may be wondering why I chose to talk about two of the articles? These was a toss up between the two. While the third article was full of terrible questions, the two articles from the book explained more to me. Doyle’s article introduced the concept with that wondrous first quote. Bennett-Carpenter explained everything I needed.


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