Evaluating and Presenting Information
In Module 2 Discussion 1, you debated your position on an issue related to the case study you selected. In Module 2 Discussion 2, you followed up the debate by exploring an issue more thoroughly. As you explored the issue more deeply, it is possible you found more questions than answers. With a steady flow of information based on new research, there will always be new information for you to find, organize, and analyze.
For this Discussion, you will continue to explore scholarly resources to find additional information related to your case study. In addition, you will take into account the new information related to your case study—that is, the information in Document Set 2 (Documents 5–8) for your selected case study.
As an education leader, you must remain informed of new research related to your work; and, as an advanced degree graduate student, you must be aware of the latest research related to topics you are considering in your coursework. Fortunately, you can have up-to-date information sent regularly to your computer. Two simple ways to do this are to set up a Google Scholar Alert for scholarly articles and to subscribe to RSS feeds.
Set up a Google Scholar Alert for this Discussion using the instructions in the Toolkit document entitled “Google Scholar Alert.” (Note: You should also set up alerts for articles related to additional topics about which you have a strong interest. Also, consider subscribing to RSS feeds to obtain more information about these additional topics.)
For this Discussion, assume the role of one of the stakeholders in the case study. Consider the information in Document Set 2 (Documents 5–8) for your selected case study and in any new articles you have located from this stakeholder’s point of view. What new information is relevant, and what is not? Is the information provided by reliable sources? Does this new information affect your perspective on the issue? If so, how?
Note: While stakeholder roles are suggested in the case study, you are free to create a role that relates to your professional experience and interests. In your post, be sure to identify the role you are assuming.
Note that the Discussions are specific to each case study, so be sure you post in the area designated for your case study.
Post by Day 3 (of Module 3) the stakeholder role you are assuming. Then, post an explanation of how you, in the particular role you are assuming, might respond to the new information in the articles you found and in Document Set 2 (Documents 5–8) for your case study. In your explanation, be sure to:
• Evaluate whether the new information is based on reliable sources, and whether the information is relevant to the issue.
• Explain your position on the case study issue from the perspective of the role you are assuming and how this new information informs this position.
• Explain the steps you might take to follow up on this information based on your role and your position on the issue.
Throughout the Discussion, add support for your position, or add to the knowledge base on the issue by finding and sharing additional resources related to the issue you are discussing. These should include scholarly resources, but you may include other resources such as news articles, blogs, RSS feeds, etc. Share links to the resources you identify.
Continue this Discussion through Day 7 of Module 3. Respond to colleagues who assumed roles different from the role you assumed. Be sure to respond from the perspective of the role you assumed in your initial post. You may, for example, ask questions to better understand your colleagues’ positions. If the responses your colleagues provide lead you to rethink your perspective, explain how and why your perspective has changed.
Evaluating and Presenting Information