Liberty University Reading & Designing Research Discussion

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PSYC 510 DISCUSSION: READING & DESIGNING RESEARCH ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS OVERVIEW Research is how a field advances its practices, particularly in applied psychology. This Discussion: Reading & Designing Research Assignment will allow you to explore the practicality of reading research and applying it to your area of interest within psychology. This Discussion: Reading & Designing Research Assignment aims to help you develop skills related to reading empirical research and developing your own hypothesis and research study. It also provides practice in sharing professional research findings and developing networks with colleagues. INSTRUCTIONS: THREAD If there is a specific end goal or area of interest you want to pursue with this degree, use that as inspiration. Otherwise, you can pick one of the topics provided below or come up with one of your own. (Note: It helps to have at least two key terms when searching for a relevant article – but you may want to refine your focus even more. For instance, you can focus on a specific age group, gender, geographic region, religious group, or occupation.) Topic Suggestions: • Friendships in the workplace on productivity or job satisfaction • Comparison of job / relationship / educational satisfaction among groups (e.g., gender, religion, political view, et cet) • PTSD and life or job satisfaction • Stress, anxiety, or motivation and academic performance • Autism Spectrum Disorder (or ADHD, anxiety, et cet) and friendship • Autism Spectrum Disorder (or ADHD, anxiety, et cet) and education • Religious views and workplace conflict 1. Complete background work by selecting a topic and reading two recent articles. a. Pick a topic containing at least TWO key terms, like the topics suggested above. Use the Jerry Falwell Library to locate two empirical articles from peer-reviewed journals containing both key terms. You may need to log in to have complete access. i. Try to only use research published within the last year (but definitely limit to within the last 5 years). ii. Both articles must be from peer-reviewed sources and must be empirical to complete this assignment (remember from Module 1, an empirical article is an original research study so it will have method and results sections). iii. Read the articles. 2. Compose a professional letter to a potential colleague to make him or her aware of these recent findings. a. For each article, state the research question, sample size, variables of interest, statistical test used to examine the research question(s), and the conclusions. Make sure to use parenthetical or narrative citations within your letter using APA conventions. Page 1 of 3 PSYC 510 i. Note you cannot quote from the articles you selected – you must put information into your own words for this entire assignment. “Rephrasing” is switching out a few words. This is insufficient at the graduate level and as a professional. You need to be able to read research and present it using your own language, to demonstrate you truly understand how to read a research article. b. Discuss how the articles work together to strengthen your understanding of the topic you’ve selected personally and/or professionally, OR why you think their results are contradictory. 3. Include a reference section at the end in current APA style for all citations (minimum of 2 entries). Your discussion thread must be at least 400 words. INSTRUCTIONS: REPLIES Reply to two of your classmates’ discussion threads. • No quotes are allowed – paraphrase, put information into your own words, and cite appropriately using current APA formatting conventions. • Address all required components for maximum points. • Your two replies must be 200 words each. Content Respond to each post as if you were a colleague suggesting a related study you could complete together. Make sure to include all following components: • Full description of a proposed study that extends or refines one or both of the reviewed studies. Identify your unique proposed study as being descriptive, predictive, or experimental. a. Clearly identify and operationally define the variable(s) of interest in your proposed study. b. Clearly state how your proposed study would extend or refine the results from one or both of the reviewed articles. c. Review one additional article to justify your proposed study. It cannot be one that was reviewed by your peer. • Include a complete reference section at the end of your reply using current APA style format (minimum of 1 entry). Format All replies must incorporate at least 1 in-text citation to the APA Publication Manual and then a Reference section. Replies to your peers should be thoughtful, educated, and professional. Avoid unsubstantiated opinions or claims, personal comments, or general comments such as the following, which will result in loss of points: • “Great job on your introduction / discussion post,” • “I totally agree with everything you said,” • “Good luck in the rest of the class,” etc. Page 2 of 3 PSYC 510 Make sure to check the Discussion Grading Rubric before beginning this Discussion: Reading & Designing Research Assignment. Page 3 of 3 PSYC 510 DISCUSSION GRADING RUBRIC Criteria Content 70% Levels of Achievement Advanced 27 to 30 points All key components of the prompt are addressed in the thread using one’s own words (no quotes, and Thread: Key paraphrases demonstrate synthesis Components of information). and Major The thread has a clear, logical flow. Point Support Major points are stated clearly. Major points are supported by good examples or thoughtful analysis. 10 to 12 points Each reply addresses all required Replies (2): components. Key Each reply provides substantive Components additional thoughts regarding the and Major thread and a unique perspective of Point Support the topic. Each reply is clear and coherent. Structure 30% Advanced Thread: Grammar, Spelling, Format, and Word Count 9 to 10 points Proper spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and syntax are used. Sentences are complete, clear, and concise. Content is organized into paragraphs with appropriate topic sentences. Citations are included both in-text Proficient Developing Not present 21 to 26 points Most of the components of the prompt are addressed in the thread. There are no quotes but could use more synthesis or evaluation of material presented. The thread has a logical flow. Major points are stated reasonably well. Major points are supported by good examples or thoughtful analysis. 8 to 9 points One reply focuses on a meaningful point made in another student’s thread. One reply provides substantive additional thoughts regarding the thread and offer somewhat unique perspectives of the topic. One reply is clear and coherent. 1 to 20 points The discussion prompt is minimally addressed. Quotes or rephrasing of material demonstrates a lack of original thought. The thread lacks flow or content. Major points are unclear or confusing. Major points are not supported by examples or thoughtful analysis. 0 points Not present 1 to 7 points One reply focuses on a point made in another student’s thread. Replies could be more substantive regarding the thread. Replies lack clarity and coherence. 0 points Not present Proficient Developing Not present 7 to 8 points Minor spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and/or syntax issues. Organization and clarity are sufficient but could use minor improvements. 1 to 6 points Numerous spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and/or syntax issues. Sentences are incomplete or unclear. 0 points Not present Page 1 of 2 PSYC 510 and in a Reference section using current APA format. Excluding References, thread is at least 400 words. Replies (2): Grammar, Spelling, Format, and Word Count 7 to 8 points Proper spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and syntax are used. Sentences are complete, clear, and concise. Content is organized into paragraphs with appropriate topic sentences. Where applicable, citations are included both in-text and in a Reference section using current APA format. Replies are at least 200 words each. Citations may have minor errors either in-text or in the Reference section. Excluding References, thread is at least 300 words. 5 to 6 points Minor spelling, grammar, sentence structure, and/or syntax issues. Organization and clarity are sufficient but could use minor improvements. Where applicable, citations may have minor errors either in-text or in the Reference section. Replies are

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