MEA paper - Thainhi (Anavi) Ngo TTN697 Final Paper May 7,...

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Thainhi (Anavi) Ngo TTN697 Final Paper May 7, 2010 Thanksgiving Day Model Eliciting Activity I started the project with the full intentions of designing my own model-eliciting activity (MEA), but came to discover that the time I had to create the activity was very limited. Fortunately my professor allowed us to use a pre-made activity. The MEA that I implemented with my group was called, “Thanksgiving Dinner for Today’s Busy Families.” My participants, Vincent and Teresa, loved food so what better way to entice them then by doing something pertaining to their liking. The activity was a simple one; all the participants had to do was construct a plan/schedule that would enable caterers to finish all the food by 2:20. They were given a table that consisted of the dish, number of batches of that dish, the time it takes to prep the dish, the type of equipment needed to cook the dish, and how long it took to cook the dish. Not only did they have to construct the schedule, they had to also be able to describe how they created the schedule for the caterers to be able to create a new one (using the same method) for another big dinner party. The selection of the MEA wasn’t solely based on the fact that my participants loved food, but more importantly was selected based on the 6 principles of MEA. It was simple enough that wouldn’t cause tons of confusion, but also included other factors. For example, one of the principles is the Reality Principle which asks if this situation could occur in real life. Teresa, the holiday cook for her family, at first was very hesitant after reading this because she couldn’t believe they would hire caterers for Thanksgiving at all. She said that she felt that it was ridiculous, but Vincent who grew up not celebrating Thanksgiving
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said that his family just purchased Boston Market for Thanksgiving which made Teresa realize that it might not be a real situation in her life, but was indeed a real situation that occurs during Thanksgiving for other families. I had known that both participants had very different ways of celebrating Thanksgiving which also was a factor in my decision for choosing this MEA. Another principle, the model construction principle, requires that students be put in a situation where they see the need to develop a model. The wording of the MEA tells them that they need to construct a schedule that can be used again which allows for participants to be able to see that they need to just not make the schedule make design a method that can be applied later. Participants know that they can’t just choose anytime for certain dishes to be cooked without having a reason which is another trigger that they must develop a model in order to effectively find a solution to the problem.
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2010 for the course EDC 301 taught by Professor Carmona during the Spring '10 term at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.

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