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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 9 (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 10 on google classroom

 

  • Annotated BibliographyDUE: Monday, January 29th  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 AND SHOULD BE RECENT (2000 or later).
    • Worth 35 points

 

  • Thesis/OutlineDUE: Monday, February 19th on turnitin.com
    • You should write a thesis and an extensive outline
    • Worth 50 points

 

  • PaperDUE: Monday, March 12th 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?
  • Why (or to what extent) 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?
  • Do psychologists overstate the negative impact of corporal punishment?  What types of punishment are most effective, and why?
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of abstinence-only sex-education programs or comprehensive sex-education programs.
  • 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?
  • Can cannabis (marijuana) usage cause psychotic symptoms in an otherwise healthy individual that would not have occurred with abstinence? OR Does cannabis use precipitate psychosis in individuals who are predisposed to acquiring a psychotic disorder?
  • 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?
  • Evaluate the claim that certain prescriptions are being over-prescribed to young people or women.
  • 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.)?