This research/I-search paper is an ambitious project. It can only be attempted after students have developed confidence in their writing skills and a wide range of writing abilities. I would suggest implementing the project during the final semester of senior English, when the assignment can represent both a culmination of high school education and a beacon directing students toward future goals. The project tries to relate the students' education in school to their lives in the village. Viewed as an English project, the assignment produces the tangible result of a paper. However, as much of rural education, this project also contributes to the accomplishment of a more intangible goal: graduates who can be competent adults, contributing to the betterment of Native village life.
Most seniors are well aware of the presence of non-Natives in the community's cash economy. However, when questioned about qualifications for wage-earning jobs, the students often responded by referring to generalities about education and training. Therefore, I talked about work habits such as punctuality, dependability, and politeness. I kept emphasizing that these qualities may be expected of the students by their future employers, a fact of which only a few were aware. The students organized the information they acquired during this first step of the project by discussing it with others and through "mapping" and "bubbling." Then they utilized these ideas to develop a tentative outline for the term paper.
Even though the students were initially overwhelmed by this assignment, many were aware that the topic addressed an issue that of deep concern to their cultural pride and heritage. The seniors worked on the assignment for two months during which I instructed each student in the specific steps he or she needed to follow. Especially, I pointed out that a term paper must be approached with planning and time management and cannot be thrown together in one night. The first task of this project was for the students to list the jobs held by non-Natives in the village. When the students were working on this task, I asked them to also find out what qualifications are necessary for these jobs.
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The research/I-search project was originally meant to focus on skills in researching, organizing, and writing a term paper. However, in implementing the concept, I found that the students also acquired new skills in many areas of verbal communication. For example, they learned how to conduct interviews and telephone conversations and how to cooperate with each other. In addition, the students expanded their computer skills as they revised their term papers. Yet, the area in which the students gained the most is the realm of personal growth as it relates to the students' self image and to their future plans. in a way in which no teacher could have done it, the research/I-search paper opened a completely new world of careers to the high school seniors.
The following white paper is the first in a three-part series of research studies which examines the evolution of office environments and considers how present day activity-based work environments (ABWs) support employee personalities and work modes. “The Effect of Individualized Work Settings on Productivity and Wellbeing” is the culmination of an extensive in-depth examination—in partnership with award-winning furniture designer Three H—of workplace trends and the direct impact that design can have on employee performance, collaboration, and wellbeing.
We all have such vastly different personalities and it is important to be cognizant of these personal differences when determining in which environments we work and learn best. Activity-based work environments provide flexible work spaces to the degree that they offer a choice of where to work and can support a variety of work activities. However, the furnishings in these spaces often make little allowance for individual user preferences and/or unique work-styles. This study examines various topics that relate to the physical workplace, including an overview of the history and evolution of the office, a review of studies related to emerging trends in workplace design, and an investigation into the relationship between individual strengths/personality types and the workplace’s physical conditions.