Geog.350: "Early Midterm"
This Midterm represents a combination of Scavenger Hunt, Reading Reminder, Brain Teaser, Writing Warm-up, Research Proposal and Analytical Exercise. While I do not want you to go overboard, I want to give you a chance (between the 4th and 5th week) to catch up with our objective of writing 2 pages per week for this class (including E-mail commentary).Due: Next Week (Thursday, May 1, 1997, 4:30p.m.)
Part I. Finalize your "Location Quotient Exercise (see earlier handout or Webpage). This exercise should give you some initial empirical indication of the nature of the distribution (compositional structure) of a phenomenon relevant to your project. Ideally, you should have found a data source which has some potential of helping you down the stretch when you have developed questions which require numerical data. Thus, first, use these data for the calculation and interpretation of your L.Q.. Since several of this class' texts refer to the Location Quotient, you will probably find it appropriate to consult these sources for your interpretation. Second, explain why you suggest that these data may be useful for you in your further research for this project.
Part II. Articulate your Conceptual Framework and Research Proposal. As you know, I am eager to find out how you plan to "approach" i.e. conceptually frame, your project. While you do not have to write the final word y et on this subject, I would like you to take a very serious first stab at it. On the basis of your initial plans, intermittent thinking, what you already know (or now learn) about "conceptual frameworks", feedback from other class members (incl. me) AND < /FONT>at least three "new" literature sources (i.e. sources which you have NOT used yet in the pursuit of these interests) develop a conceptual structure which holds your various project components together. [Only one of these "minimal" sour ces can come from the reserve book list and at least two of them should be post-1985 academic journal articles found via GeoBase or Expanded Academic Index. Of course, you are always encouraged to use more library or Internet resources. You also may wan t to make use of Ch.2 of Durrenberger's Geographical Research and Writing (which was distributed in class) and the chapter on "Models"(unless you have more appropriate guides to geographic research and modeling).] Do not hesitate to use a flow chart to il lustrate the structure of your conceptualization.
At the end, and only if you have not done so yet in the earlier text, please describe how you anticipate to develop specific project components so that your project as a whole will respond to at least some of the following project objectives and th emes:
1. understanding the "information economy";
2. dissecting the complex "service sector";
3. differentiating between short-term economic impacts and long-term structural changes;
4. developing links to large local job-providing organizations such as Boeing or Microsoft;
5. using concepts and tools covered in the class syllabus.
6. collaborating with other class members;
As you probably can guess, your statement will amount to a formal project proposal which will give me an opportunity to provide appropriate feedback which is so important at this stage of your research.
You should be prepared to make your response to at least Part II accessible to all members of the class. All answers should be typewritten and will represent part of the overall written record of your class work.