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Step 1: Introduction
of the Q2O Strategy
Q2O stands for Questions
to Outline. It's a strategy designed to assist students in the beginning
stages of a research project. It creates a starting point for the
gathering of information and allows the student to create a preliminary
outline before the formal research even begins. Before this strategy
can be implemented, the student must already have selected her topic.
2: Modeling the Q2O Strategy
Teaching the Q2O strategy
begins with "The Questions." In this step, the student simply
brainstorms, in any order, ten questions she would like to ask of
her topic. These questions should be broad and able to be investigated.
The second step of the
Q2O strategy is called "The Questions Reordered." Here the
student takes the list of ten questions and rearranges them into a
more practical and logical order.
The third step of the Q2O
strategy is called "Questions to Outline." The student takes
the ten reordered questions and rewrites them in a rough, preliminary
outline form, turning each question into a statement that will become
a key point of the outline. Depending on the nature of the question,
there may be room within it to break it down and create sub-points
Step 3: Scaffolding the Q2O Strategy
conferences are used to help students to master the Q2O strategy.
Eventually, as the student begins to gather research, she may find
that her initial outline needs to be revised. This is completely acceptable.
The Q2O strategy is simply meant to be a place for her to find a focus
as she begins the research process.