Help! Research topic needed!

posted 3 years ago in College
Post # 3
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1619 posts
Bumble bee

So many possible interesting questions.  

Is there a difference in the amount of time spent with electronics each day between rural kids and more urban kids?  (I could be very wrong, but I could imagine that rural kids have more chores to do and therefore may have less time spent in online/electronic persuits)

 

differences (if any) in the number of kids who are anticipating post-secondary education. 

Differences (if any) in career plans – how many can’t wait to get off the farm, and how many can’t imagine any other place to live. 

Class size relative to grades and / test scores

I’m sure there could be many other interesting questions

Post # 4
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2018 posts
Buzzing bee

There is both popular and scholarly interest in the processes of urbanization among young people not only in the United States, but worldwide.  Recent data suggest that young people now value things like access to public transit much more than young people of generations past and are also slightly more hesitant about owning a house or land.  Obviously many types of public transit work more effectively in the city context (though rail can work effectively in many contexts) and cities provide other potential economic and environmental advantages. 

It might be interesting to see how these young people are thinking about the city context vs. the rural context (this follows off of what a previous poster suggested, but I’m less interested in the career aspect than in the community understanding/desires/definition aspect).  Do these young people think that rural communities will be able to continue to provide them with economic, cultural, and community support, or do they see these communities as “dying.”  If they are interested in the city environment, what factors draw them to the city, and is there evidence that they have thought about the changes in community orientation that would occur with a move to the city?  How do they imagine their family dynamics functioning if they were to move to the city?  (Obviously all those questions don’t necessarily have to be asked, but I think they repreent facets of the larger issue.)

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