Outline Comments 2.1.2011

Outline Comments 2.1.2011 - Below are a few general...

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Unformatted text preview: Below are a few general comments/suggestions that may help with your first draft: 1. Individual Deficiencies/Flawed Character go together so if you are doing either one then you necessarily have to include information about the other. As you already know, the discussions by Bradshaw and Schiller are similar but not identical. This still allows you to follow one version more closely if you are so inclined. However, it will not allow you to identify a weakness or hole in the individual deficiencies theory if it that info is clearly covered or addressed under flawed character. It will also allow you use human capital theory or its assumptions as a strength or weakness, of individual deficiency theory. 2. In the summary section, keep in mind that you are summarizing theories of poverty. As such, your discussion ultimately has to come back to precisely how these theories explain why people end up poor. In most cases, this involves a bit more explanation linking the causes (which most of you do a good job of identifying) to the effects. 3. In the analysis section, when you identify strengths and weaknesses (some of you refer to them as pros and cons), make sure you carefully explain why it is a weakness in the theory or a strength of the theory. Keep in mind, that your affinity for certain aspects of a theory does not automatically make it a strength – you have to establish that. Likewise, just because you might find a certain aspect of a theory offensive, does not mean that it’s a weakness. Again, you must establish it. 4. Think carefully about connections between sections – overlap is ok, redundancy is not. Repetition does not make a good argument but development and development does require you to make connections where appropriate. In terms of overlap vs. redundancy, it is likely to be an issue in your analysis vs. the first layer of your synthesis. If you focus more on strengths and weaknesses and the whys behind it in the analysis, that should free you up to discuss the theories together in the synthesis. Its possible that you will refer to the same aspects of the theories in both sections, but the difference in focus should avoid the repetition. As you are thinking about this, remember that sometimes it is easier to make the mistake (repetition) and then correct it, then to try to avoid it. This is the benefit for writing in drafts or stages. 5. Finally, make sure that you leave enough time and space for your perspective and voice in the synthesis section. I don’t want your section to be a fleeting sentence at the end. To make room for this, you may have to make other sections more concise to free up the space for your section. Intros are usually good places to cut since they are typically unnecessarily long. 6. Along the same lines, it is not necessary for every section to be identical in length. The appropriate length of each is your decision. ...
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