Inquiry Update – Vocabulary

So far I have completed all the vocabulary that Julian set out for Mackenzie and I. Some of the phrases and words include:

  • Goodbye
  • How are you?
  • I am good.
  • What is your name?
  • My name is [x] .
  • Do you know ASL?
  • Are you deaf?
  • Can you finger spell?
  • Do you
  • I’m hungry. (food is fingers to mouth)
  • I’m thirsty. (water is three fingers to the mouth)
  • Where is the bathroom?
  • Where is the hospital?
  • I need help with this.
  • What time is it?
  • How do I go to [x] ?
  • Where can I buy clothes?
  • Where is a gas store?
  • I’m looking for (x).

We are now planning some times for Mackenzie and I to converse only in sign language so we can get the hang of actually using the language. Our goal is to have an entire day of signing by the end of this project.

Poem – Anxiety

I am anxiety

I know you

Better than you know yourself

I know your hopes

And Dreams

I know your fears

And lies

I know how to change your

Motivation to

Panic,

Friends to

Enemies,

Peace

To war,

Home

To prison

Bed

To coffin

I know you

I am you

I will always be with you

To steal your freedom

To crush your happiness

ASL – Mid Point Update

Mackenzie, Julian and I are about half way through our inquiry and things are going very well. I have mastered finger-spelling and about 150 words in ASL such as: red, dog, please, store etc. I understand how sentence structure works, only the basic words are put in as the language is very blunt and simplified. For example instead of saying ‘how are you’ I would sign, ‘how you’ with a questioning facial expression to replace tone. I am on pace with the goals set and am positive that we will finish this inquiry on time.

Inquiry 2 – ASL Update 1

I am learning ASL (American sign language) for my second and final inquiry of this school year. I am teamed up with Mackenzie and Julian. Julian is teaching and helping Mackenzie and I learn how to sign. So far I have learned finger-spelling, which is the alphabet. Finger spelling is mainly used when signing names or words that you don’t know the sign for. We started by just practicing the alphabet but Mackenzie and I have moved on to spelling words out to each other in conversation.  I also previously knew some sign language and have been using a website the past week to learn more. I am keeping a record of all the words I know off by heart and will be updating it weekly. Right now I know around 55 words plus finger-spelling.

My Predictions – Feminism Survey

Since I have no other experience researching or studying the subject of youth and feminism I was curious to see if people would say what I predicted that they would. Before I conducted my survey I wrote down some of my predictions so I could compare the actual results.

My main predictions were the following, about 50% of students would be educated about feminism when in reality about 78% of students were properly educated about feminism. I also thought that more females than males would consider themselves feminists and that ended up being true with 15% more females being feminists than males.  I predicted that at least one person would believe that feminism is misandry but I was but I was pleasantly surprised to find that nobody had that impression. I figured that for the question, should feminism be called feminism the majority of people would say that it shouldn’t be called feminism. As it turned out quite a few people said that it shouldn’t be called feminism at 35% but the majority said it should at 43%.

I am very happy with the results of my survey it was very interesting to see what people had to say about this topic. I am glad that I now have a much more information and knowledge about what youth believe about feminism.

 

Feminism Survey

The question that I am hoping to answer with my survey is what do youth understand about feminism? I am interested to see what the results are because I know that feminism is a heavily debated and controversial topic among adults and I want to see what youth know and have picked up about it.

In order to make the best survey that I could I did an abundant amount of research. I first researched how to make a good survey in general. My main findings in this area were that to make a good survey it must be simple yet detailed, unbiased, short, thorough, and edited. I then moved on to researching feminism. I only tipped the edge of the iceberg when it came to research this topic because I could’ve spent hours researching this huge topic and had so much more to learn. This was definitely the most interesting part of my research as I was and am really excited to learn as much as I can about it. A few of the things I learned about feminism is that it is super complex with a huge history. Women have been fighting for their rights for decades and though we have had many small victories we have a long way to go. I learned that the word feminism is a very controversial part of the movement and one of the main reasons many people who support gender equality are not feminists. There is also so much erasure and silencing of women and women’s issues. Honestly I could write a whole post about what I researched and I probably will but for the sake of keeping this somewhat short I’ll stop here. After I finished my research on feminism I looked at other feminism and sexism surveys that I could find online. I will link them below of you are interested.

Now it was time to start constructing my survey. I started with very rough basic questions and did a lot of deleting, rewriting, and formatting. I came across quite a few challenges during my writing process. My first one was my survey being too broad and unfocused. I had to do a lot of deleting and rethink exactly what I was hoping to find out with my results but I managed to shorten and centralize my questions. My next challenge was making sure my questions weren’t biased. I am obviously a feminist so making sure that my questions didn’t portray my beliefs was difficult and I’m not quite sure I succeeded in making my survey completely unbiased. After countless edits and run-throughs I finally felt ready to run my survey.

The actual process of conducting my survey was surprisingly the easiest part of my project. All of the students seemed happy enough to help with my inquiry and everyone finished it quickly and seriously without complain. The whole ordeal went without any bumps and I am quite content with how it went.

I will discuss the results of my survey in another post. Overall I am feeling very positive on how my inquiry Is going. The research was for the most part quite fascinating, I managed to get through most of the challenges thrown my way and my surveying went better than I could’ve hoped. Now the fun part is analysing the results!

My inquiry

My inquiry question is, What do youth understand about feminism? I am making a survey with questions revolving around facts and myths about feminism and I will see what the students of the inquiry hub know and perceive about feminism.

I haven’t faced many challenges with my inquiry yet but I have had a few. There was a bit of an issue with finding a question that was not too broad to survey the students on. I had to change the direction I was initially going to go in a little bit but I managed to work it out. I also am a bit behind in where I would like to be because I’ve had to reinvent my question so I have to work very hard to get my survey out on time.

I still have quite a lot to do for my project. I need to polish off my survey and make sure that it is approved by Mr. Soiseth. I will then test run it on a few people so I know that it makes sense and has no errors. I then need to survey the school. Then I will analyze the results and put together my final presentation.