For each paper, you will be required summarize the research reported in the paper and provide a critical evaluation focusing on the following questions.
1. What ideas or theories guided the authors in their research?
2. What questions did the authors ask in their research?
3. What were the authors’ hypotheses? How were the hypotheses justified on the basis of background research and theory?
4. What was the population of interest? How representative was the sample?
5. For each experiment, what were the independent variables? Why were these variables manipulated?
6. What were the dependent variables and how were they measured?
7. How did the results support or not support the authors’ hypothesis?
8. What were the authors’ conclusions?
9. Did the study have any weaknesses (e.g., confounding variables, ambiguity in the operational definition of variables, etc.)?
10. Were the results explained by any alternative hypotheses?
Papers will only be accepted in the following format:
The paper should be approximately 3.5 pages long.
All margins should be exactly 1 inch.
The font type should be Times or Times New Roman and the font size should be 12.
The paragraph format should be double space.
The title of the paper should be 1 line consisting of the paper number, course number, and your name. For example, “Paper 1, Psyc2014-11, Taylor Swift”
Each paper is worth 10 points. Your grade will assess the extent to which you apply knowledge acquired in the course in interpreting, describing, and assessing the article. Grading will be guided by the following rubric:
9-10 A, exceeds expectations: Demonstrates sophisticated ability to apply relevant research concepts in interpreting study; identifies and clearly explains main strengths and weaknesses of study in way that reflects well-developed understanding of and critical thinking about good and bad research practice.
8-9 B, meets expectations: Demonstrates good ability to apply relevant research concepts in interpreting study; identifies and clearly explains several of the main strengths and weaknesses of study.
7-8 C, marginal: Demonstrates limited ability to apply relevant research concepts in interpreting study; identifies and explains some obvious strengths or weaknesses of study but evaluation of study is superficial.
6-7 D, below expectations: Demonstrates little ability to apply relevant research concepts in interpreting study; does not identify and clearly explain strengths and weaknesses of study.
5-6 F, not acceptable