Monday, November 30, 2015

Survey

https://docs.google.com/a/norton.k12.ma.us/forms/d/1SZUW5yRZ-gh4Uyf5YlszoR2mHlM2DiI5zv-XejRWWA4/viewform?usp=send_form

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Journalistic Research

Megan Cotter
20 November 2015
D Block
Journalistic Research
College Tuition Prices 

Problem Statement: 
       College Tuition is defined as too expensive and is found mostly as an issue in the United States. On a local level, college tuition prices affect college students by 69% of seniors still having student loan debt after they graduate. Between 2005 and 2015, college tuition prices have increased by 3.4 percent every year which is making the problem worse. To find a good paying job or to follow your dreams, you most likely go to college. In 2014, 66% of high school graduates had enrolled in to a college. In the United States, the average college tuition and fees for a public four year college is $22,958 and for a private four year college is $31,231. To pay for these prices that are outrageously high, students have loans, so they are constantly in debt. Myra Smith, a college financing expert states, "College has many benefits. For example, people who graduate from college earn more money and are more likely to hold a job than those who don’t. In 2011, people with a bachelor’s degree who worked full-time earned $21,100 more, on average, than full-time workers with only a high school diploma." If college is a necessity to be successful and more than half of people in the United States enroll, then why does it cost so much? 

Citation:
-Schoen, W, John: Why does a College Degree cost so much?, N.P, 20 November 2015, web
-Heller, Donald E. "The effects of tuition and state financial aid on public college enrollment." The Review of Higher Education 23.1 (1999); 65-89.
-Horn, Laura J., Xianglei Chen, and Chris Chapman. "Getting Ready To Pay for College: What Student and Their Parents know about the Cost of the College Tuition and What They Are Doing To Find Out" (2003)
-Heller, Donald E. "Trends in the affordability of public colleges and universities: The contradiction of the increasing prices and increasing enrollment." The states and public higher education policy: Affordability, access, and accountability (2001): 11-38
-Smith, Myra: College Costs: FAQS, N.P, 20 November 2015,web 

Research Question: If college is a necessity to be successful in our generation, then why does it cost so much money?

As a high school student, are you thinking of going to college?
yes
no
undecided

Do you think college tuition is reasonable?
yes
no
depends 

Why do you think college tuition costs so much money?



Do you think you need to go to college in order to be successful?
yes
no 
depends on career

If you decide to go to college, would your decision depend of the price of the college tuition?
yes
no

survey link: https://docs.google.com/a/norton.k12.ma.us/forms/d/1SZUW5yRZ-gh4Uyf5YlszoR2mHlM2DiI5zv-XejRWWA4/viewform?usp=send_form

Data Analysis:
    Out of the 17 high school students I surveyed, 88.2% of the students stated that they are thinking of going to college. 68.8% believe that college tuition is not reasonable and the other 31.3% believe it depends on the college, so more than half of the students believe it is unreasonable. 37.5% of the students believe that you need to go to college in order to be successful. 75% states that their decision of their college would be based off of the price of college tuition and not their first choose school. When I asked "Why do you think college costs so much money?", I got many responses including, "For the college the college to continue being a college, it needs to afford/make money to keep itself going" and "I'm sure it has to do with school living expenses as well as paying the staff but the price is unreasonable, many colleges in other countries do not have an intuition fee."

Findings:
   Initially, I only surveyed students from Norton High School, so if I surveyed a different group of students from a different high school, I would most likely get different results. Additionally, I have found from my data collection that 68.8% believe that college tuition is not reasonable but 88.2% are most likely still going to college. One possibility from this realization is that those people think that the price for college is unreasonable, but are still going to attend. If college tuition prices are so unreasonable, then why is 88.2% of the students attending? I also found that 37.5% of students believe you need to go to college in order to be successful, which answers my question. Although 37.5% is a low percent, it still is the answer for a few students. But what about the other students? Why are they still thinking about going to college if they believe it is unreasonable and is not needed to be successful? One possibility is that they believe it is just necessary because most people go to college and are successful or make more money than people that end up not going to college.

Discussion:
   From my research in my problem statement, I found that 66% of high school students in the United States had enrolled in a college in 2014. From my data collection, I found that 88.2% of a small group of students from Norton High School are thinking about or planning to going to college. Those percentages are both more than half of the students surveyed. In the research in my problem statement, Myra Smith, a college financing expert states, "College has many benefits. For example, people who graduate from college earn more money and are more likely to hold a job than those who don’t. In 2011, people with a bachelor’s degree who worked full-time earned $21,100 more, on average, than full-time workers with only a high school diploma." In my data collection, I found that 37.5% of students believe you need to go to college in order to be successful, so it is a possibility that those students agree with Myra Smith because she has proven that you are more likely to be successful with a college degree.
 





Monday, November 16, 2015

Annotation of Student Research

Megan Cotter
16 November 2015
D Block
Annotation

Problem Statement: Is Therapy My Enemy?

Research Question: According to suburban, high school students, what about client effects the outcome of their therapy?

Data Collection: The student used a 5 short answer survey to collect data for his research assignment.

Data Analysis: 75% of the people surveyed have not even gone to therapy and 25% of the people have received therapy. 67% said that age was a factor, 25% said that season/time of year was a factor, 42% said that therapist gender was a factor, 42% said that client gender was a factor, and 83% said that group or individual was a factor. 

Findings: People believe therapy does help people who are emotionally struggling.

Discussion/Conclusion: All in all, therapy could be the best thing for someone or the worst thing for someone, and there are multiple factors that will influence the outcome of the treatment.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Motivation Assignment

Megan Cotter
3 November 2015
D Block
Motivation Assignment
   
    Most people believe that money is the number one thing that motivates people, but that has been proven wrong through the Freakonomics video, "Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us" video, and the novel  Drive by Daniel Pink. In the Freakonomics video, they bribed the freshmen class with 50 dollars to get a C or higher in all their classes, and if they achieved that, they would be capable of winning a 500 dollar lottery. Most people, including the adults who performed this experiment, would think that every student would try their hardest to do better in school and try to win the money, but that was not the case. Only a small percentage, 7 percent, of the students' grades increased during this experiment. Although it was a positive increase, it was small so it proved that money is not the number one thing that motivates people. 

    Additionally, it is also proven that money does not usually motivate people through "Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us" and the novel Drive by Daniel Pink. In the video, it states that there is three factors that actually motivate people that have been scientifically proven. The three factor are autonomy, mastery, and purpose. Autonomy is the desire to be self-directed which means to let people do what they please and it will have a positive result. Mastery is the urge to get better at something and it motivates people by them wanting to do something, so they get better at it. For example, people play an instrument to get better at it and because its fun, not for money. If you do not have a purpose for something, people are not motivated. In the novel Drive, Pink explains how three professors gathered eight monkeys for an experiment on learning. The experiment demonstrated motivation, because if the monkeys did not have any motivation, they would not want to learn.

      The difference between the text and the film is that the film was short term and resulted that money motivates people and the text and the video was long term and resulted to money not motivating people. To find a common ground between the film and the text, I would say that they would both agree that money is not the number one thing that motivates people based off of the statistics and the results they got from their experiments. I think the authors would also agree that people should use other things to motivate people other than money, because even though the experiment in the film had a positive result, it was a small percentage and they are children. Those children are going to grow up and realize that money is not the number one motivation. All in all, the text and the film based off of human motivation have very different ideas, but could easily find a common ground.