270 Presentation Guidelines


The following is a list of questions to ask yourself as you prepare to do the class presentations.  Be sure to clearly answer these questions in your presentation.  You don’t want to get bogged down in a play-by-play recap of the articles/book.  Instead, focus on the approach, questions and discussion questions.  If you want to bring in a current example, or visual aids, etc.  that would be great, but what is important is that you come prepared to start the discussion.


Things to look for in the articles/ book:


1. What is the basic research question?  What are they trying to explain or answer? This should be answerable in a sentence or two.


2. What are the key themes, arguments, and findings?


3. How did they construct the argument or analysis?  What evidence or methods did they use?


4. What prior literature was reviewed? How does this work fit into the literature?  Does it build on earlier research?  How is it unique?  What niche or hole in the previous literature does it fill?


5. How does this piece advance our knowledge about the topic?


6. Can you offer any critiques about the assumptions, methods, interpretations, scope?


7. If there were multiple readings for the week, how do they fit together?  Do they complement or contradict each other?


8. How do this week’s readings fit with other week’s readings?  Do the ideas build on each other, or is there a contradiction?


9. What might be missing from the studies?  How do current or recent events fit with the theories, assumptions, and predictions in the reading?


10. What interesting issues, ideas, or related findings came to mind as you read?