Take Home Exam Projects
Project 1: Krupat Reading Report
This task is carried out by yourself. Its purpose is to present your own
self-witnessing report on your reading of social psychology textbook
material. Follow these steps:
1. Study the accompanying CHART of
and their ennead matrix location. Study the chart until you feel confident
you know it.
2. Select one (only) of the nine Krupat chapters. Read (or
reread) it and when you come to a sentence or paragraph to which you have
some reactions to report, write it down or dictate into a tape recorder.
(a) the page no. and line no. of the passage;
reaction or information for the ennead matrix box;
(c) the ennead box it
fits into (e.g., "High Affective" or "Low Sensorimotor" or "Mid
Cognitive", etc.). Collect between 2 to 5 observations for each box, if
(d) obtain a Xerox copy of the passage if long, or quote it if
just a sentence is involved.
3. Get hold of any other social psychology
textbook. Check the following possibilities: Sinclair Shelves for
Psychology and Sociology courses; Hamilton Shelves for Social Psychology;
Hamilton Reference Stacks; DRA Library in Gartley 213; UH Bookstore; etc.
Using the Index in the book, find sections that deal with the topics
you've picked to react to in your Krupat book. If you can't find the same
topics then pick whatever related topics you can find. Read these sections
as you did Krupat and record where and when you have any reactions to
report. Here too try having between 2 to 5 observations for each box, if
possible and relevant.
4. Now study your two tables and discuss it with
friends. How do they differ? What do they indicate regarding:
(a) the topics;
(c) the textbook.
5. See outline for write
OUTLINE FOR KRUPAT READING REPORT WRITE-UP
To be typed. Double spaced. On
dark ribbon. With front sheet giving appropriate information. With Table
of Contents. Paginate all pages.
l.Introduction(3-4 pages): Explain this
is a class project for the Generational Curriculum of Community-Classroom.
Explain the threefold self and the self-witnessing method. Discuss briefly
the negative and positive bias in science.
2. Results of Reading Textbooks:(2-4 pages Plus Tables) Explain the
procedure for using the ennead matrix to report on your reactions during
reading textbooks. Present your results in the 2 Tables. Discuss the
differences, the trends, the similarities, etc.: what do these comparisons
(a) the topics;
(c) the textbooks?
3.Conclusions; (2 to 4 pages) Discuss: Is this a good method for
Can the ennead matrix serve to study other subjects in other courses? Does
this method teach about yourself and how you process information? What
else could this method be used for? How has this report affected you? What
have you learned? Any other suggestions or statements or advice to the
Project 2: Find a Book
This task is carried out in a dyad but each student writes up their own
report after sharing all the data and discussion. Decide who will be the
searcher and which one of you will be the searcher's
must read these instructions and discuss them. Huddle-buddy's role:
are to help in the collection of the data according to the ennead matrix
as shown in the CHART below. Since the overall task is to find a book,
there are of course many sub-tasks (e.g., finding catalog card, finding
shelves map, finding book, etc.). You are to obtain information in the
three areas of A,B,C for as many sub-tasks as you find feasible to do
You both meet at the catalog section of Hamilton library. Prior to
starting you are to go to the stacks and select three books from
different floors, one book for a floor. Use random location. Write the
full title (only) of each book on a separate paper and number the papers
1, 2, and 3. Then go to catalog section to meet the searcher. Hand
searcher your first paper with title and note time to closest minute. Use
written notes and cassette tape recorder, preferably with microphone.
Observe searcher and remain close together so searcher could talk out loud
into tape recorder and answer your questions. Collect information for the
ABC columns according to the questions in the above chart. Avoid
irrelevant talk and be task oriented. Frequently prompt the searcher to
answer you: What are you doing now? Where are you looking now? What are
you thinking now? etc. Don't feel intimidated by others who might be
watching you. After all you're doing important scientific work that will
surely improve people's ability to use the library and think better. Save
all papers and records for your write up. You are to hand in the tape
along with the report. After collecting all the information you want on
all three book searches you are to review this information together and
discuss how best to present the results. Listen to the taped notes and
select those that fit the ABC information categories, and write them down
so that you end up with a Table giving the ABC information for finding
bookl, book 2, and book 3. Get a Xerox copy of the three Tables and each
gets a copy. Then you write up the report separately according to the
outline below. You also need to hand in the cassette tape.
SEARCHER's ROLE: Your huddle-buddy gives you the title of the first
of three books you are to find in the stacks. Find the card catalog entry
Title and write down pertinent information (call number, author's name,
date, etc.). As you write try memorizing the information and relate it to
other information you know about the author, call number, topic, etc.
Meanwhile your huddle-buddy will ask you pertinent questions to elicit
information from you on your ABC activities during your problem-solving.
Be sure you answer loud enough in the microphone held up for you by your
huddle-buddy. It is not important to go fast even if your huddle-buddy
will note how long you take for the various sub-tasks, but this is not a
speed test, and it is more important to get enough accurate data on your
thinking and feeling processes as you're doing the search for the book.
Walk to the elevator or staircase and examine floor maps and directions
while you are continuing to talk to your huddle-buddy and giving the
information needed. Talk out loud. Note your errors as well as your good
solutions. You may stop to talk on the way if that's desirable to get
better data. Note the last few seconds before the book is found: where do
your eyes go? How do you search? What do you feel? Include relevant and
irrelevant thoughts, feelings, sentences, observations, etc. You want to
be able to present a full picture of what it's like to search for a book
in the library. After retrieving the book give it to your huddle-buddy
who will then replace it. Then you go up and repeat the whole thing for
the second book. Then you do it again for the third book. After this you
listen to the tape you produced and examine all the notes and add whatever
is necessary. Then you make up your final Table, get a Xerox copy for each
other and you each write up your own report using the outline below.
OUTLINE FOR FIND-a-BOOK REPORT WRITE UP
Type. Double spaced. Dark ribbon. Paginate every page. Have a front sheet
with relevant information. Have a Table of Contents.
l.Introduction (2-3 pages). Explain this is a class project in
Community-Classroom for the Generational Curriculum. Explain the ABC
system of the threefold self and the approach involved in self-witnessing
method. Discuss briefly the positive and negative bias in science.
2.Procedure (2-3 pages). Describe what both of you had to do
enough details to allow others to replicate your steps. Add comments on
problems and suggestions for future dyads.
3.Results (2-3 pages plus Tables). Give the ABC Tables you both
add explanations on how the information was put into the tables from the
tape recorder and from your written notes. How reliable is this procedure?
What got left out? etc.
4.Discussion (2-3 pages). Contrast the three Tables: what do they
regarding (a) what searching is like, (b) how your searching changes or
improves with practice. Can you suggest ways of quantifying the
information? Would this be useful? What are your conclusions? Discuss the
nature of library search behavior: can it be taught? What does it depend
on (intelligence, knowledge, etc.). What are its component skills? What do
you have to know before you search well? Discuss theory from Lectures and
Krupat that might be used to throw some light on this type of
5.Personal value (2-3 pages). What did you gain by doing this? What
effects did it have on you? Should other students do this? etc.
Project 3: TRACE-A-BOOK REPORT
This task is carried out as a dyad but each student writes up their own
report after sharing all the data and discussion. Decide which one of you
will be the searcher and which one the huddle-buddy to the
of you must read all the instructions and discuss them. Also, read the
instructions for Project 2 since it has some similar features as this one
and it will give you additional hints on how to do this one better!
HUDDLE-BUDDYS ROLE: Your task is to collect the ABC information as
specified in the chart for Project 2 -- see p.4. To do this you use a tape
recorder with a microphone that you can hold to the mouth of the searcher
so as to record the appropriate self-witnessing information. You are to
prompt the searcher with questions such as those in the chart on p.4. As
well, you can take written notes or draw diagrams or keep the notes the
searcher is making during the search. Also, while the searcher is reading
or being silent, you are to dictate summary notes (or write them down)
which will serve later to orient your discussion and describe the details
of how the search went. Note what kind of information the searcher prefers
to follow up vs. those that aren't followed up: What's the difference?
Thinking and discussing these issues with the searcher will allow both of
you to write up your report so that you can shed light on this process of
building up a topic in your mind, solving intellectual-academic problems,
and how we acquire and use knowledge. It's as if you're observing science
in the making or knowledge coming into being!
SEARCHERS ROLE: Your task is to do the search on the following
"The Positive and Negative Bias in Science and History" -- which was
discussed in the lectures. You are to build up this topic by searching
through various sources, taking notes so that you can then make a table or
list of views on this topic. Your table or list is to be organized into
sub-headings with pro and con views on that sub-heading. For instance, you
may have contrasts such as: old vs. current views on the self; scientific
vs. anecdotal reports on the self; eastern vs. western views; religious
vs. theosophical perspectives; psychology vs. sociology vs. philosophy;
favorable vs. unfavorable views on the spiritual self; booklength reports
vs. short reports as in letters; etc. etc. Your table should provide a
balanced view on some limited aspect of the topic since it would not be
possible to be complete given the size of the literature on this topic.
You may consult with your huddle-buddy any time regarding anything since
this is not a test. You may also consult with librarians and others at any
time. You may use several strategies: e.g., looking up subject headings in
the catalog such as RELIGIOUS DOCTRINES (BL 425-490); PARAPSYCHOLOGY (BF
1001-1389); ONTOLOGY (BD 300-450); MORAL & RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (LC
251-951); HOMEOPATHY (R~); MENTAL HEALING (RZ 400-408); or such search
words as SOUL, SPIRIT, HEAVEN, HELL, TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGY,
TRANSCENDENTALISM, CONSCIOUSNESS, SELF, SCIENTIFIC METHOD, NULL
HYPOTHESIS, BIBLE EXEGESIS, and so on. You may also look up (or start
instead with) authors that deal with this topic, such as SWEDENBORG, KANT,
FMERSCN, VAN DUSEN, ARISTOTLE, PLATO, DESCARTES, WESLEY, CALVIN, BUBER,
NIEHBUR, KIERKEGAARD, POLANYI, and so on. Your task is thus double: to
make up the table or list of views and to dictate self-witnessing notes to
your huddle-buddy about what goes on inside of you as you build up the
topic through the search. You must complete the search in one day
as many hours as you wish.
After completing the search, the tape, and the notes, you are to get
together (not necessarily on the same day) and discuss the write up.
Listen to the tape, take notes off of it, and utilize whatever notes and
memories are relevant until you end up with a good understanding of what
went on. Organize your notes into two types of tables: the first type is
the table of views prepared from the searcher's notes and efforts; the
second type of table is the ABC information of the self-witnessing notes
and the tape. When you finalize both types of tables you are to take a
xerox of them so that each of you has them. Then you write up your own
report using the same tables (which must be typed). The following is an
outline for your write up.
OUTLINE FOR TRACE-A-TOPIC REPORT WRITE
TYPED. DOUBLE SPACED. DARK RIBBON. PAGINATE EVERY PAGE. FRONT PAGE WITH
APPROPRIATE INFORMATION. TABLE OF CONTENTS.
l.Introduction (2-3 pages) Explain this is a class project in
community-classroom and is for the Generational Curriculum. Explain the
ABC system of the threefold self, and the self-witnessing methodology.
Discuss the positive and negative bias as introduced in the lectures.
2.The Topic. (3-4 pages plus tables) Present your views on this
prior to the lectures or prior to this semester. Present the table of
views from your search. Discuss your current views on this topic and how
the search has affected your views.
3. The Search (3-4 pages plus
Describe your procedure for gathering the ABC information. Present the
table. Discuss the content of the table: What does it reveal about library
search behavior? Can it be taught? What does it depend on? What are its
component skills? How could all this be investigated further? etc.
4.Personal Value. (1-2 pages) What did you gain by doing this
What effects did it have on you? Should others do it? Was it worth the
effort (how long did it take?). Anything else?