Learning Journal Five

Step Two.

This week in class we learned the difference between primary research and secondary research. Through Discoll’s article, she describes primary research as being done first hand. Based on the scientific method, researchers will hypothesize, observe and collect data, having the ultimate goal of learning something new that can be confirmed by others while also eliminating our own bias during the process. Secondary research is research done by taking other researcher’s articles, papers, journals and basing your research on theirs. However a law and guidelines are implemented when doing human research. I didn’t know it was a rule to have to ask someone for their permission to conduct a research on them and keep their identity confidential. Discoll also describes two different ways to collect data about your research, one being by taking observations and another by interviewing/surveying people. It’s key to keep all bias out of the data you collect. I’ll take what I’ve learned to help me construct my podcast.

 

Step Five. For each source, write 100 words about either that source’s main idea, or ideas from the source that you especially liked. Then write down two quotes from each source that either help to support that main idea, or which you especially like. You’ll use this when you build your outline (below).

I have chosen to observe the gym inside the Activities and Recreational Center at Davis.

Source 1: https://www.ucdavis.edu/news/%E2%80%98phenomenal-facility%E2%80%99-%E2%80%94-%E2%80%98fusion-building%E2%80%99-arc-opens-soon-tours

This source is from 2004, when they were in the process of building the ARC. It describes how students with different purposes will be able to come here to work out, study, have meetings, and have a snack at the store. It also describes what they have planned to make the building look like, in addition to what rooms and materials will be in there. I like how I didn’t realized there were other rooms and purposes for the facility until I read this article. It’s interesting to see that what they have at the ARC now is just like what they described in this article.

“The building’s exterior consists of pre-cast cement with stone from Northern California and brick. Rodems takes pride in the natural light and openness that characterize the building. Take a horizontal measure of the exterior, and windows account for about half of the distance, he says. A large exterior patio and an interior courtyard add to the activity space”

“Over two floors, the fitness facility itself features a four-court gymnasium, a facility for indoor hockey and soccer, a weight room and cardio area, group exercise studios, a running track and a climbing wall”

Source 2: https://cru.ucdavis.edu/content/530-profile-tom-compton.htm

This article is a profile about Tom Compton the former executive director of Campus Recreation and Campus Unions. He was one of the leaders responsible for the development of the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). I like how this article incorporates Compton’s thoughts and observations on this facility. You can feel the excitement in his words of how the ARC has brought people together, which never happened at the Rec Hall.

“Since opening day, the ARC has met space and facility requirements for student recreation as intended, but it has also provided opportunities for student development.”

“Compton has seen that community atmosphere touch the ARC’s visitors as well as its student employees, and he is impressed that beyond meeting the recreation and fitness needs of the campus, the ARC has been able to serve as a student center”

“Standing in the ARC lobby and gesturing towards a group of students sitting and socializing on a cluster of cozy chairs, he observed, ‘What you see over there—students talking and studying together—that didn’t happen at the Rec Hall.'”

 

Step Seven./ Step Eight.

Research Question:  How has the ARC brought the campus community together through their facility?

Step Nine.

Outline:

Thesis: The ARC provides a comfortable place to brings people of different ages, genders, abilities and purposes together under one roof.

Step Ten.

Observation column to support thesis:

  • the multiple couches in the lounge area when first entering the facility.
  • To the right into the hallway there are more couches and tables for people
  • Starbucks connected to the ARC provides food and drinks
  • The smell of coffee in the air with a hint of sweat
  • The multiple windows  bring a huge amount of light into the facility
  • Older people(residents of Davis) come into the facility to use the gym
  • Students come and sit in the couches to do homework and study
  • guy and his disabled friend sit in the lounge on their electronics
  • Band is heard playing a song outside of the ARC
  • TVs are provided for entertainment for those working out
  • students dressed in gym clothes walk in and out to go work out

Step Eleven.

Thought column:

  • Interesting to see that not only students come to the ARC
  • The ARC is usually know for their gym but other people come here to do hw and study
  • You don’t notice the workout machines being in use until its stopped
  • The smell of coffee and sweat represent students. sleep deprived and stressed.

Step Twelve./ Step Thirteen.

Adding sources:

  • “The building’s exterior consists of pre-cast cement with stone from Northern California and brick. Rodems takes pride in the natural light and openness that characterize the building. Take a horizontal measure of the exterior, and windows account for about half of the distance, he says. A large exterior patio and an interior courtyard add to the activity space”
    • This quote shows how the windows in the ARC were meant to bring in natural light and they do from my observations.
  • “Over two floors, the fitness facility itself features a four-court gymnasium, a facility for indoor hockey and soccer, a weight room and cardio area, group exercise studios, a running track and a climbing wall”
    • Although I didn’t walk into the gym area, from the lobby I could see the stairs and second floor.
  • “Compton has seen that community atmosphere touch the ARC’s visitors as well as its student employees, and he is impressed that beyond meeting the recreation and fitness needs of the campus, the ARC has been able to serve as a student center”
    • What Compton saw years ago is still happening today.
  • “Standing in the ARC lobby and gesturing towards a group of students sitting and socializing on a cluster of cozy chairs, he observed, ‘What you see over there—students talking and studying together—that didn’t happen at the Rec Hall.'”
    • There were many students coming in and sitting in the couches to study either by themselves or with friends. People who were strangers even conversed.

Step Fourteen.

Through this assignment I have learned how to observe not only with my eyes but with my other senses: touch, smell, hear. A lot of things happen when observing an area. You start to notice a pattern that occurs for that area too. For me, I noticed that people of different ages and ethnicity came into the ARC. They also had different purposes too. Most students came to go workout in the gym while some came to study and do homework in the lobby. From observing, it makes you stop and look around you. We’re usually stuck looking down at our phone and don’t notice the things around us. So by doing this assignment it has made me realized that I should stop and look around more often. There are lots of interesting things that happen off of our screens and it feels nice to witness them.

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2 thoughts on “Learning Journal Five

  1. I never knew we had indoor hockey and soccer at the ARC. Now that I think about it, there are lots of areas in the ARC other than for working out and exercising. Like you mentioned, there’s the patio, Starbucks, and space to study. There is also a lecture hall inside the ARC as well! You have very good observations that will add to your thesis of the ARC having many different people and purposes.

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  2. Observing the ARC is a really great idea since there is so much that goes on there. It is not just an ordinary gym because it has so many other uses. I like how you did not just observe one area of the arc, this gives so much detail and a bigger picture of what the arc is. About the secondary and primary sources, before learning them in class, I had the wrong idea of what it actually was. One thing I can only think of a way is to observe the people interactions instead of the environment or have some kind of focus.

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