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Value of College Primary Source Research

By Monday, find a primary source for details on the value of college. This must be research, a survey, or a study conducted to arrive at conclusions that relate to the argument about the value of a college education. For this assignment you must:

  • Find a primary source of information about the value of college (a primary source is the original source of information, or the group responsible for the original research, survey, or study).
  • Decide whether or not the source is credible (believable) based on the following
    • What kind of research does the group usually do? Does their history suggest a bias?
    • Who paid for the study? Is it a group that would benefit from a certain kind of results?
    • How large and diverse was the population involved? Were only a small group of people from a specific background considered or was there a large group of a variety of backgrounds?
    • Is this source being cited by people or groups that are credible?
  • Summarize the details of the research that you feel most apply to how valuable college is. Be sure to include the title, the authors (and/or group responsible), the publisher, and the year it was released.

Suggestions: Looking up articles on newspapers or even wikipedia is a great place to start! From here, figure out where their information originally came from and go there for the original source information. For example, the Five Ways Ed Pays video has lots of information, but where did that information come from? Find THAT source!

Goals are to demonstrate an ability to research information and identify primary sources and to summarize the information based on how valuable it is to the topic.
Exemplary Work presents a detailed summary of not just the content of the source, but also how and why it is credible.

Earlier Event: October 16
Reading Log
Later Event: October 23
Outline of College Value Argument