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Teaching Interpretation of Evidence or Critique

Recommended for early, mid-, or late semester, depending on complexity of the data set and analytical task. Adapted from John Bean’s Engaging Ideas.

Task

Students work with a data set, text, interview, or other “evidence” provided by the instructor, and write a report, essay, or article that interprets the data, draws conclusions about its meaning, and perhaps makes recommendations based on the interpretation and conclusions. You may wish to frame such an assignment as a response to a request by a boss, client, government entity, etc.

  • Students are given a portfolio of informatio