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Diagramming for development 1: bounding realities
Diagramming for development 1: bounding realities

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3.4 Final diagram

You may wish to refer back to the WWP case study as you work through the activity on this page.

Figure 4 Issues around competing needs for water in South Africa
Figure 4 Issues around competing needs for water in South Africa

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Activity 5 Spray diagram

Choose one of the following.

  1. Re-read the South African Working for Water Programme case study and construct your own spray diagram. Choose a main topic on which to structure or hang your sub-topics and associated branches. How does your spray diagram differ from the one presented in the tutorial? What further clarifications and insights are offered in your own spray diagram?

    Keep this diagram handy as you work through the other tutorials. It can act as a useful aide memoir of your understanding of the WWP.

  2. After skimming the text to get a general sense of the subject matter covered, go through it again but this time constructing a spray diagram on a sheet of scrap paper.

Begin your diagram with a central theme or topic to which the article or reading relates (you ought to be able to identify this through a combination of the title and your initial quick review of the reading). Identify the topics and sub-topics, drawing lines between parts that relate to each other.

As this isn’t a diagram that you’ll be sharing with others, don’t worry too much about the messiness of the final outcome, and feel free to annotate various parts of the diagram where you feel questions arise or issues are not clearly expressed.

From your final spray diagram list down what you consider to be the key arguments associated with the reading, and your own responses to them. These represent the structural features of the reading.