Friday Morning Musing

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Seriously, I didn’t know this.  I found out quite by accident.  Anyway, it’s nice to know that I have an option when it comes to crappy breakfast food and I can’t be bothered to cook. What does this have to do with my Ph.D. journey; nothing, I like crappy Mexican food from time to time.  It makes me happy. Anyway, have a good weekend and let’s do this again. Same time next week?

Felicia Laster-Curro; M.A. Ed.

“Only the educated are free.” – Epictetus

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Course Updates: Comparing Elements of Research Articles

Following up on last week’s discussion on abstracts, below is my mini (and I do mean mini) paper on comparing two abstracts. This week’s assignment was to compare similarities between the two and to discuss how they differed. Enjoy.

Felicia Laster-Curro; M.A. Ed.

“Only the educated are free.” – Epictetus

Week 3 Assignment: Comparing Elements of Research Articles

Both Alhammad and Ku (2016) and Mizrachi (2015) abstracts were well written. Both researchers explained the nature of their studies and what the study would cover. There were some deviations on the information presented in the studies. Mizrachi’s (2015) abstract suggested students were offered a choice between e-books and printed texts, while Alhammad and Ku’s (2016) abstract appeared to favor using electronic books and not printed books. Judging on abstracts alone, I would favor and recommend the Mizrachi’s (2015) abstract to explain the benefits of printed texts over electronic ones.   The Alhammad and Ku’s (2016) study appeared to suggest that more graduate students prefer e-books and Mizrachi’s (2015) subjects felt that printed books work best for their needs.

Both studies focused on university students study methods and the types of books preferred. One researcher went about the study using a qualitative method and less than ten students, while the other favorite a quantitative approach with an excess of 400 students submitting responses. The methodology used for the Alhammad and Ku’s study (2016) the theories for “…social constructivism, information processing, and self-efficacy theories…” (Alhammad & Ku, 2016, p. 6). Mizrachi’s study focused on using a quantitative method with more students to better understand student book reading preferences.

The results of Alhammad and Ku’s study (2016) suggested e-books were the best way for graduate students to share books and information. Mizrachi (2015) study suggested that undergraduate students prefer to use printed text for their academic studies. Both studies focused on university students and e-books but Alhammad and Ku’s study (2016) only provided e-books as the media and Mizrachi (2015) study allowed the students to have a choice. For Alhammad and Ku’s study (2016), study, if more students were participating and printed texts were allowed, the results could be different. Perhaps the researchers would consider this in a future follow up study.

References

Alhammad, R., & Ku, H. Y. (2016). Graduate students’ experiences and attitudes toward using e-books for college-level courses. Journal of Educational Research and Innovation, 5(2), 1-16. Retrieved from https://digscholarship.unco.edu/

Mizrachi, D. (2015). Undergraduates’ academic reading format preferences and behaviors. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 41(3), 301-311. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2015.03.009

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Monday Morning Memes

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You ever think that sometimes you have selected the wrong path in life? Hell, who hasn’t. Just because something is difficult doesn’t mean you just give up.  Suck it up buttercup and soldier on.  It will get better.  It has to! Besides, I like my independence too much to be s trophy wife.  Have a great week!

Felicia Laster-Curro; M.A. Ed.

“Only the educated are free.” – Epictetus

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Friday Morning Musings

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I have to tell myself this at least once a day. It seems like I’ve run out of money, time, and patience, but I still need to suffer on. I am so close, yet so far and I am questioning why I am doing this. It is of course too late to turn back, so let’s soldier on and finish what we started.  Have a great weekend and let’s do the same thing next week!

Felicia Laster-Curro; M.A. Ed.

“Only the educated are free.” – Epictetus

 

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Course Updates: Comparing Abstracts

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When conducting research on any topic, it is common to find many articles that you must sift through quickly to determine their value. The abstracts of research articles give you clues about their audience, purpose, and research design, to help you determine their potential for your research. For this week’s discussion, I compared abstracts from two research articles to determine value and usefulness to a specific audience and purpose.  Enjoy.

 

Felicia Laster-Curro; M.A. Ed.

“Only the educated are free.” – Epictetus

Week 3 Discussion

           I found that both Alhammad and Ku (2016) and Mizrachi (2015) abstracts were well written. Both researchers explained the nature of their studies and what the study would cover.  There were some deviations on the information presented in the studies.  Mizrachi’s  (2015) abstract focused more on the printed text, which indicated that the study would favor that form of information. Alhammad and Ku’s  (2016) abstract appeared to favor and lead toward using electronic books and not printed books.  Judging one abstracts alone, I would favor and recommend the Mizrachi’s (2015) abstract to explain the benefits of printed texts over electronic ones.

I selected Mizrachi (2015)’s abstract based on the research questions. The research questions indicated that both types of media would be researched. The research questions suggested that students would be given a choice on selecting which media they preferred and also the reasoning as to why either printed or electronic were selected.  If the purpose of the graduate class were for students to learn about the benefits of printed texts over electronic texts, then the Mizrachi (2015) abstract would be the one to explain this concept.

Felicia Laster

References

Alhammad, R., & Ku, H. Y. (2016). Graduate students’ experiences and attitudes toward using e-books for college-level courses. Journal of Educational Research and Innovation, 5(2), 1-16. Retrieved from https://digscholarship.unco.edu/

Mizrachi, D. (2015). Undergraduates’ academic reading format preferences and behaviors. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 41(3), 301-311. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2015.03.009

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Monday Meme: How I Feel

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This is me today.  I am trying, trying, trying to get it together, but I just can’t.  Hopefully, the rest of the week will get better. It has to. I’m thinking that no matter how rough I think I have it, there is someone else who has rougher.  I do need to always look on the bright side of life.  I love Monty Python.  Have a good week.

Felicia Laster-Curro; M.A. Ed.

“Only the educated are free.” – Epictetus

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Friday Morning Musing: I’m so clever

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I do this ALL THE TIME. Why do I punish myself like this is beyond me, but I do it anyway. Anyway, this weekend will have more 2 AM writings with hopefully more clever thoughts.   Anyway, have a good weekend!

Felicia Laster-Curro; M.A. Ed.

“Only the educated are free.” – Epictetus

 

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