Your proposal will be based upon a review of the research literature. You will n
Your proposal will be based upon
a review of the research literature. You will need to review and describe a
series of papers, and we will begin by having you answer questions about an
empirical, peer-reviewed journal article on the topic you’ve chosen. Here
you’ll show that you can identify the hypothesis and the independent and
dependent variables and explain the results. In this initial summary (written
in formal APA style) you’ll use the following structure:1) first paragraph: general
background—What do we know about the topic? What does this study add to what we
know (what’s new here)? What is the hypothesis or research question?
2) second paragraph: describe
their methodology—who are the participants and what did they do in the study?
NOTE: if the article you selected does not have a Method section, then you’re
summarizing the wrong kind of article.
3) third paragraph: what did the
authors find? Describe this in general terms – there’s no need to report their
means, F-ratios, and so forth, but be sure to address all the key findings.
4) fourth paragraph: What do
these results mean? Do they support the hypothesis? If so, how? If not, why?
What are the shortcomings of the present study? Do their findings suggest
possibilities for future research?
Good scientific writing that
follows this structure will account for 65% of the grade for this assignment.
Please see the rubric for details on other required elements.