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  1. Taking a trip on a company's business obviously costs something, in both time and money. Trips, therefore, have to be planned in advance, so that time and money are spent wisely. Bruce Kennewick, for example, spent several hours of several days in planning what he would do when he got to Puerto Vallarta and in anticipating as well as he could the problems he might confront. Taking these steps made his work more efficient when he got on site.

    Using a problem that you and your instructor have agreed is worthy of attention and that would require a trip to help address, plan what you would do, how you would do it, and why. An example might be the decision of the city in which your college or university is located to establish a comprehensive solid waste recycling program in response to new state mandates for such programs in all municipalities of 10,000 people or more. The city council has turned to the college or university for help in planning and implementing the program.

    The problem would require a review and assessment of existing recycling efforts and facilities. When planning this work, you might consider a visit to the mayor, city manager, or city planner to ask questions about the city's current recycling efforts and the way that they might be changed to meet the new state mandates. You would also want to visit the current recycling facilities to see how they operate.

    Imagine yourself as a member of an assessment team, and decide what it is you need to find out from the visits just suggested. In addition to deciding on the kinds of questions you would ask and the kinds of operations you should observe, anticipate any problems you might have that would interfere with your plans.

    Remember that you will eventually have to report to someone regarding your visits. Define that audience carefully, and keep it in mind as you make your plans.

    A specific outline of your plans for the audience intended should be the result of this exercise.

  2. Plan a trip to gather data for any other problem that may exist on your campus or in the community: access to facilities for handicapped students and visitors; the extent of and access to computer facilities for students; a safety program for women traveling alone on campus; or programs for reeducation and reemployment of workers who have been laid off at a local or regional manufacturing facility.


In accordance with the principles discussed in this chapter and elsewhere in the text, write a report on a trip that you have taken to collect data on the research problem you are attempting to address or solve.



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