The research project is centered on determining the evolving meaning of the term “polytechnic”. As a standard class assignment, freshman students will be required to execute video interviews of upper classmen to find out what they think “polytechnic” means. This assignment will be repeated with each group of incoming freshmen so that all students will have the opportunity to interview and be interviewed. By interviewing the students each year, the researchers will be able to understand the changing definition of the term “polytechnic” as the students progress through school. By comparing responses from differing freshmen classes, the researchers will be able to understand the changing definition of the term “polytechnic” as it is understood by the general public. As the videos are entered into the repository, metadata will be entered to aid in determining common themes. Common themes will be extracted and logged into Excel spreadsheets. The results logged in the spreadsheets will be interpreted and reported in formal reports at the preset review times. The data stored in the spreadsheets will be reviewed and compared in the formal report after one year, five years and ten years.
Zilinski, Lisa and Lorenz, Sonia
"Linguistics / Etymology - University of South Florida,"
Data Curation Profiles Directory: Vol. 4
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