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Comparative and historical analysis of cities as natural incubators of innovation and growth. Exploration through analytical and empirical literature of the positive externalities created by close human contact, including knowledge and information exchange and concentrations of talent. Perspectives of economists, city planners and architects considered. Research project required.
Student Writing Assignment
Here is information about the kind of writing students will be doing in this course and the expected context for that writing. This should help both students and their readers understand the aims of this particular writing task.
Context for student writing assignment
What are students writing? Article
For whom? Architects, Economists, City Planners
Where would such writing typically be found? The Economist, Atlantic Monthly
Why would someone usually read it? Personal interest and/or professional investment in a number of interelated issues: sustainability and resource utilization, community, carbon footprint, lifestyle, mass transit, etc.
Nov 1: Student-reader matches announced.
By Nov 4: Students and readers schedule their Introductory Meeting.
By Nov 11: Introductory Meeting completed.
By Nov 18: Student sends rough but coherent draft to reader; reader gives feedback ASAP but within one week. (Please see note on Feedback below.)
By Nov 25: Students and readers to meet (via webcam, skype, phone…) to discuss revisions and feedback.
Dec 4: Final paper due to professor and to reader.
Note to Students: The earlier you submit the drafts the more time you will have to make use of reader feedback before turning in your work to your professor! You can also ask whether your reader will be available to give you less formal input at other points in the process, such as when you are considering options or developing particular ideas or wording.
Note to Readers: While you should provide feedback at the stages outlined above, you may also offer to give feedback or chat informally with the student about the work in progess at other moments during the student’s work on this paper. At some point, feedback should be given either in person, webcam or phone to allow for discussion.
Giving feedback for students in the Reader Project requires special considerations.
READERS: Here is what we suggest you do before you look at a draft:
- Read our guide to giving feedback
- Let the student know what form of feedback you plan to use.
- If you choose to use our recommended form, think-aloud response, please see How to Do a Think Aloud Response before you begin. An instructional video on how to record this response is also available.
- If you choose not to record a Think Aloud Response, email the student and the Project Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) a copy of your written feedback.
- Find out whether your reader is planning on doing a “think-aloud response” for you. If so, please read “How to Use a Think-Aloud Response: A Guide for Students.”
- Regardless of the type of feedback your reader provides, it is crucial that you maintain ownership of the document. This means that you should take the reader’s comments seriously, but that you should decide on (and take responsibility for) all changes to your document. When in doubt, ask you instructor.