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O'Keefe - AP Psych Research Paper: Assignment

 

Objectives:

  • Improve research and writing skills
  • “Specialize” your knowledge of a specific psychological idea, phenomenon, study, etc
  • Understand how psychologists conduct research

                         

Due Dates:

  • QuestionDUE: By the end of the period Tuesday, January 10
    • You should pick a particularly question to answer.  Finding a topic that interests you is the first step here.  The hard part is picking a question that walks the line between being broad enough to research and narrow enough to fully answer.
    • Worth 5 points.
  • Bibliography of one source—DUE: By the end of the period Wednesday, January 11 on google classroom

 

  • Annotated BibliographyDUE: Monday, January 23rd on turnitin.com
    • Create a bibliography using correct APA format. Add annotations at the end of your entry.
    • You should provide two annotations for your sources.  Your annotations need not be in complete sentences but should provide some detail about your sources.
      • The first annotation should detail the source’s argument and some evidence. 
      • The second annotation should explain how the source helps you answer the question you posed.
      • At least 5 sources.  NO INTERNET SOURCES.  ALL SOURCES MUST BE ACADEMIC!
    • Worth 35 points

 

  • Thesis/OutlineDUE: Monday, February 13 on turnitin.com
    • You should write a thesis and an extensive outline
    • Worth 50 points

 

  • PaperDUE: Monday, March 6 on turnitin.com
    • Length:  5 pp., typed in 12-pt font (Times New Roman or a similarly plain font), double spaced, 1-inch margins on all sides.  The title page, abstract, and references are in addition to the 4 ½ - 5 pp. of text.
    • Nature of research reviews:  There are a number of kinds of research reviews. Whatever the kind of review, the goal is to organize, integrate, and evaluate previous research in order to clarify a particular problem or issue.  Note:  This is not a report. Your paper should state a definite position and then present research evidence in defense of that position.
    • Worth 200 points

 

PAPER Grading Standards/Rubric

  • Introduction that gives background on the topic and introduces the debate
  • Clear, concise, and compelling thesis; topic narrowly defined so as to be defensible in 4 ½ -5 pages
  • Focus maintained throughout paper
  • Clear organization; strong topic sentences, effective transitions, logical order of paragraphs, logical order of ideas within paragraphs
  • Sufficient evidence to support thesis
  • Appropriate credit to authors whose ideas you use (via internal parenthetical citation)
  • Supporting evidence drawn from at least four or five scholarly sources
  • Clear and thorough explanations of evidence/ideas
  • Concise style (OVER)
  • Adherence to formal writing standards (e.g. no 1st or 2nd person pronouns, no contractions or abbreviations, no colloquialisms)
  • Proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Adherence to APA style

 

POSSIBLE TOPICS/QUESTIONS (You may also come up with your own question):

  • Is academic tracking appropriate in high schools?
  • Do collectivist or individualist societies produce happier marriages?
  • Are married people happier than their single counterparts?
  • Why are eating disorders more prevalent among white women than any other demographic group?
  • Why are rates of depression twice as high among women as among men? Why have depression rates risen over the past century?
  • Why is anti-social personality disorder so much more prevalent among men than among women?
  • How do athletics affect academic performance?
  • What factor is most responsible for shaping people’s sexual identities?
  • Should psychologists attempt to identify people with biological and/or social risk factors for violence?
  • Can psychological studies of animals reveal truths about human behavior?
  • Do psychologists overstate the negative impact of corporal punishment?  What types of punishment are most effective, and why?
  • Is there sufficient evidence to support the evolutionary perspective in psychology?
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of abstinence-only sex-education programs or comprehensive sex-education programs.
  • What is the psychological impact of abortion?
  • Should trans-racial adoptions be encouraged or discouraged?
  • Does divorce do permanent harm to children?
  • Is electroconvulsive therapy an effective and/or ethical treatment for depression?
  • Are drug prevention and education programs such as DARE effective?
  • How much and what type of information should parents or teachers give children about illegal drugs?
  • Evaluate the evolutionary explanation for female fidelity and male infidelity?
  • Should schools try to promote self-esteem among students?
  • Is day care harmful to young children?
  • Should states expand or restrict the use of standardized testing in public schools?
  • Evaluate the evidence for either the g-factor theory of intelligence or for the multiple intelligence theory.
  • Is addiction a disease?
  • What is the effect (if any) of violent video games/media on children’s mental health/behavior/school achievement?
  • Evaluate the validity of repressed memory claims.
  • Discuss the differences in communication styles between men and women. Is there any validity to the claim that they are different?
  • Is there any neurological evidence for the Freudian idea of an unconscious?
  • Evaluate the claim that certain prescriptions are being over-prescribed to young people or women.
  • Examine causes of racism – evolutionary, genetic, social
  • What are the most effective interrogation techniques?
  • Examine causes of a disorder- is it more biological? Social-cultural? Cognitive? Behavioral?
  • What is the best treatment for a disorder? (Medication? Therapy (CBT, Humanistic, Psychodynamic, etc.)?