In-depth Study: Two Universal Goals.
The in-depth project is one of the TALONS Program’s final, large component of the school year, in addition to the May Adventure Trip. The in-depth project has two main goals:
1. Know something about everything and everything about something.
In school you are usually taught about many subjects. In this project, the goal is to learn a great deal about one field of activity, usually not available in a school setting.
2. Learn what others tell you is important and learn what you decide is important.
In school you are told what to learn and how to learn it. In this project, you will decide in what field and with what strategies, you will become an “expert.”
We are interested in three components of your study.
1. The process: as young people, you will be learning patterns of behavior that will emphasize your strengths and that will help you overcome any difficulties.
– Project will last approximately five months
– Your bi-weekly blog post will demonstrate the process:
|Post includes: thorough progress report, includes information on mentor, describes frustrations, overcoming obstacles, includes evidence that illustrates process and product, includes modifications to project, includes relevant research, quotes, articles, references, websites etc, shows a caring about project. Entry makes sense, is written concisely. Includes answers to questions in Ms. Mulder’s post||4|
|Includes most of the above description, but in less detail.||3|
|Includes about half of the above description, but in little detail. Little progress is demonstrated.||2|
|In-depth study is progressing too slowly. Entry is vague. Demonstrates that not much effort has been made since last entry.||1|
|Not completed or handed in on time||0|
2. The product: The product will include three areas:
i. The evidence of learning
ii. The source of self-esteem
iii. The cause for celebration
3. The mentor: The relationship with the expert in your field. This relationship will include three areas:
i. Meeting with mentor on regularly basis
ii. Expanding network in community
iii. Getting feedback on progress
iv. Obtaining an in-depth understanding of chosen field.
The learner’s first entry will introduce their project, reasons for their choice and a description of their mentors. In three weeks, learners will report back about their mentor and first few weeks of progress.
Quirien Mulder ten Kate
One of three TALONS “teachers”