While reading The Curious Researcher by Bruce Ballenger two weeks ago, I came across a section that I rather liked. Absently, I dogeared the page with every intention of going back to it.
Let me tell you, that I entirely forgot that I dogeared page 127 of TCR until yesterday, August 1st. I didn’t go back to the page on the “Double- Entry Journal Method” until we were assigned to select a note taking method from the book and write a blog on our favorite style. Lindsay said, “Open your books to page 127 and let’s discuss the note taking styles that Ballenger shares with us.”
And once I opened the book, I was pleasantly reminded that I had already chosen a favorite style of note taking methods.
The different styles of note taking that Ballenger presents in TCR from page 127 to page 136 are:
-The Double- Entry Journal Method: in which the researcher creates two columns in her notebook. In the left column, the researcher paraphrases, summaries, or quotes the source. Then on the right side, the researcher does a quick fast write about she learned from the source (Ballenger 127).
-The Research Log: in which the researcher creates categories for notes. In the “What Strikes Me Most?” section, the researcher produces “a fast write that is an open- ended response [to the question]” (Ballenger 131). In the “Source Notes” section, the researcher pencils in (or types) interesting quotes, paraphrases, or summaries. And lastly, in the “The Source Reconsidered” section, the researcher takes another look at the source and fast writes new thoughts using previous notes for guidance (Ballenger 134).
-Narrative Note Taking: in which the researcher formulates fast writes to several prompts. The first prompt is, “What I understand this to be saying is _____” (Ballenger 134). The second is, “When I first began reading this, I thought ________, and now I think _____” (Ballenger 135). And the last step is to repeat the prompts for different points brought up in the source the researcher is reading (Ballenger 136).
I find that I rather like the double columns method because I learned a similar practice in 9th grade. My 9th grade math teacher forced the class to use “Cornell Notes” as the only acceptable form of note taking. Because I felt like the two columned notes were very easy to follow, I’ve maintained the style for the past 6 years.
Now, because I still need another 450 words to complete my blog (and I’m trying to use up as many words as I can by writing these fillers right now!) I’m going to share with you, my readers, some of my “in the middle notes” I took while reading my most recent source, Understanding the Divorce Cycle: The Children of Divorce in Their Own Marriages by Nicholas H. Wolfinger.
-I found it interesting that 90% of Americans get married at some point in their lives and that 1 in 2 marriages fail (Wolfinger 2). In a country with over 316 million residents (according to the census.gov webpage), the population that experiences divorces (sometimes multiple times!) is incomprehensible!!!
-A quote that I especially found intriguing (albeit HILARIOUS) featured in Wolfinger’s book, originally published in “Newsweek Magazine”, was, “Past age 40, American women are more likely to be killed by terrorists than they are to get married” (Wolfinger 2). What a sad reality (and it seems impossible to honestly believe)! And what a confounding thought to even contemplate…
-Some reasons why we have high divorce rates (which is important seeing as THAT is what my paper is on!!!) are, as Wolfinger states, “Soaring rates of cohabitation… Publicized ‘fatherless’ pregnancies of Madonna, Jodie Foster, and other celebrities… Americans acceptance (or at least tolerance) of divorce has increased to the point that generally it is no longer construed as a moral failing… Marriages do not bear the stigma they once did… Divorced characters are common place in today’s movies, literature, and television shows… Self help books covering all aspects of marital dissolution fill our bookstores… Children of divorce are disproportionately likely to end their own marriages… by at least 50%… [and the] no- fault divorce law in 1970 making it far easier [to get divorced] (Wolfinger 2- 3, 5, 106).
-“Two tiered divorce systems” exist in Louisiana, Arkansas, and Arizona which can make it more difficult for couples to get divorces. If a couple chooses to get a “covenant marriage,” divorce is less easy to obtain as opposed to a regular union, in which divorce is the same as every other state. One of my original theoretical solutions to fixing high divorce rates was to change divorce laws so they would be more difficult to obtain. I find it terribly disappointing that only 2% of married Louisiana residents “opted” for the “covenant marriages.” I believe the reason only 2% of married Louisiana couples wanted the option that would make divorce harder, was because they didn’t expect a marriage that would last forever. Marriage that lasts forever is no longer common, in my opinion (Wolfinger 5).
And now, finally!!!, I’ve hit over 800 words and I can publish this blog.