Establishing what needs to be done within my project, aka narrowing an audience has impacted my research. How does my research intersect with my intended audience(s)? Its interesting that people see a non-black audience of college students and an audience of black high school students as being too different. Obviously they are not the same, but what they don’t know about being black at a PWI is the same. While I wish I could target both groups, my initial research proves that this may be too much to handle, and possibly something to explore separately via remediation.
I’ve also realized that I need a good mixture of traditional and popular research. however I am not sure that all these forms will manifest explicitly as cited sources in my writing. For instance, many people are averse to the idea that cultural whiteness exists. But, within a University of Michigan classroom, I have read research that explored multiracial girls’ experiences growing up in culturally white environments. The whole concept of cultural whiteness was eye opening, especially in terms of my own experiences at a PWI. So that is probably what I am most excited to learn about, finding validation and documentation of these instances that leave my peers feeling so uncomfortable at an institution.
It will be a challenge to find sources that introduce cultural whiteness in a way that is just as valid (or perhaps credibly executed) as this research article was. Because the topic of race has such a strong basis in personal experience, I think it is necessary to engage with more traditional academic research. Finding research that isn’t too much of a stretch in terms of content, and seems relevant is necessary. I also think it’s important to keep in mind the historical differences that different decades have in regards to racial representation on campus.
Another challenge I have encountered while doing research is attempting to discover why an argument is compelling, separate from confirmation bias and the initial excitement of finding sources that work well within the repurposing project.
The biggest challenge, hands down, has been finding pieces I can point to and say “I want to mimic this“ because it was so effective, and will be effective for my topic. I truly believe that the way an argument is delivered is second to, almost tied with, content. As long as you aren’t saying something crazy…